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5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate, But Not For Amateurs, 30 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History (Paperback)
I read this excellent book in preparation for the writing of my senior thesis. It is the most thorough and comprehensive tretment of the economic reasons for the rise of the western world. Every sentence is information dense, and I often found it necessary to reread sentences or even whole paragraphs to digest the wealth of information and analysis. That said, it should be kept in mind that firm backgrounds in both European history and economics are necessary prerequisites for a full appreciation of this book. Moreover, this book is a crucial but nevertheless incomplete explanation for the rise of the western world. In this sense, it has everything on something (economic history), but nothing on anything else. For a broader analysis, see McNeill, "The Rise of the West." (McNeill has something on everything, but everything on nothing. Get it?)
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The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History
The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History by Robert Paul Thomas (Paperback - 30 July 1976)
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