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Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction

Robert C. Allen

September 2011

ISBN: 9780199596652

192 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The gap between the rich and the poor can be vast. Robert C. Allen considers the main factors that contribute to this gap, looking at the interconnections between economic growth, culture, technology, and income distribution. Exploring the historical processes that have created the unequal world of today, he takes a global look at wealth worldwide.

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The gap between the rich and the poor can be vast. Robert C. Allen considers the main factors that contribute to this gap, looking at the interconnections between economic growth, culture, technology, and income distribution. Exploring the historical processes that have created the unequal world of today, he takes a global look at wealth worldwide.

  • Takes a global look at the wealth and economic history of countries around the world
  • Uses historical examples to show the strengths and weaknesses of state intervention in the economy
  • Considers the various factors that influence economic growth, including culture, institutions, technology, the natural environment, income distribution, and the standard of living
  • Exposes the historical processes that have created the unequal world we live in today
  • Considers recent developments such as the 'great divergence' debate and empricial studies of economic growth by economists
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Robert C. Allen, Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford

Robert C. Allen is Professor of Economic History at Oxford Univeristy and a Fellow of Nuffield College. He has written on English agricultural history, international competition in the steel industry, the extinction of whales, andt he contemporary policies on education. His articles have won the Cole Prize, the Redlich Prize, and the Explorations Prize. His previous books include Enclosure and the Yeoman: The Agricultural Development of the South Midlands, 1450-1850 (2009), and Farm to Factory: A Re-interpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution (2003), both of which won the Ranki Prize of the Economic History Association.He is currently studying the global history of wages and prices and pre-industrial living standards around the world. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Canada.

Table of Contents

    1:The great divergence
    2:The rise of the west
    3:The industrial revolution
    4:The ascent of the rich
    5:The great empires
    6:The Americas
    7:Africa
    8:The standard model and late industrialization
    9:Big push industrialization
    Epilogue