How the West Grew Rich

How the West Grew Rich : The Economic Transformation Of The Industrial World

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How did the West,Europe, Canada, and the United States,escape from immemorial poverty into sustained economic growth and material well-being when other societies remained trapped in an endless cycle of birth, hunger, hardship, and death? In this elegant synthesis of economic history, two scholars argue that it is the political pluralism and the flexibility of the West's institutions,not corporate organization and mass production technology,that explain its unparalleled wealth.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • BASIC BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0465031099
  • 9780465031092
  • 914,766

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In this elegant synthesis of economic history, two scholars argue that it is the political pluralism and the flexibility of the West's institutions, not corporate organization and mass production technology-that explain its unparalleled wealth.
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Table of contents

* Introduction * The Starting Point: The Middle Ages * The Growth of Trade to 1750 * The Evolution of Institutions Favorable to Commerce * The Development of Industry: 17501880 * Diversity of Organization: The Corporation * Technology, Trusts, and Marketable Stock * The Link Between Science and Wealth * Diversity of Enterprise * Implications and Comparison
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About Jr. L. E. Birdzell

Nathan Rosenberg, a leading expert on the history of technology, is an economist at Stanford University.L.E. Birdzell, Jr. is an attorney and legal scholar, based in Newport, Rhode Island.
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