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Professor David S. Landes takes an historic approach to the analysis of the distribution of wealth in this landmark study of world economics. Landes argues that the key to today's disparity between the rich and poor nations of the world stems directly from the Industrial Revolution, in which some countries made the leap to industrialisation and became fabulously rich, while other countries failed to adapt and remained poor. Why some countries were able to industrialise and others weren't has been the subject of much heated debate over the decades; climate, natural resources and geography have all been put forward as explanations--and are all brushed aside by Landes in favour of his own controversial theory: that the ability to effect an industrial revolution is dependent on certain cultural traits, without which industrialisation is impossible to sustain. Landes contrasts the characteristics of successfully industrialised nations-- work, thrift, honesty, patience and tenacity--with those of non-industrial countries, arguing that until these values are internalised by all nations, the gulf between the rich and the poor will continue to grow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A masterpiece (Norman Stone)
One of the most important works of history to appear in my lifetime (A N Wilson)
For once, amazingly, a book lives up to the hype ... a blast of fresh air, a work of militant good sense (EVENING STANDARD)
Gripping ... well worth reading (OBSERVER)
Amazing detail in every page answers many of the questions that have determined the way how the world has developed.Published 3 months ago by P. Mcgrath
Economic history of the world that explains why the industrial revolution started where it did and why countries are rich or poor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tommmy Elkins
This is an amazing book, particularly for anyone who's interested in the historical and geographical influences that led to the wealth and poverty of the countries.Published 11 months ago by Cindy Sim
This is a kind of economic world history, and the effort as such is remarkable. Therefore, I give it three stars. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Prussian Reader
An excellent view through history of trading and the politics of nations. Small print and packs a lot in so not an overnight readPublished 18 months ago by Reviewer
Why are some nations so rich and some so poor? One usually hears a... wealth of common sense reasons which however are rather ...poor explanations! Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Carno Polo
Landes is an experienced author, who has a realistic and holistic view on the wealth of nations in today's world.Published on 5 Nov. 2012 by Robin Cain
Adam Smith, a Scots Protestant from Kirkcaldy*, beat a German Jew, Karl Marx, in the world's heavyweight ideological championships. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2012 by John Fitzpatrick