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on 28 October 2017
The 'look inside' could do with showing you the contents of the chapters, not dense text
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on 21 August 2015
I cannot pretend to have the expertise to review this book. I simply wish to recommend it as a representative general reader or layman. Anyone with an interest in history, politics, economics, or, for that matter, literature, will enjoy this book and learn from it. Its account of the period I guarantee will provide a fresh perspective. The economics of institutions provides a robust framework for the detailed narrative. The author, unlike all too many economists and historians, writes very clearly and entertainingly. My only question concerns the treatment of empire. The author is mainly interested in whether empire gave Britain an advantage that might explain why the Industrial Revolution began here rather than elsewhere in Europe. I can't help feeling that he understates the benefits of empire to the European imperial powers as a whole and increasingly to Britain in particular. Why else the expense of blood and treasure? As I say, however, I am no expert. Read the book.
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on 11 October 2013
This is a very readable and comprehensive analysis the Industrial Revolution covering a wide range of issues. The book is suitable for students and those wanting a good detailed historical read.
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on 29 May 2014
Wide ranging and convincing for the most part Joel Mokyr makes us think about who thought up the industrial revolution.
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on 2 November 2012
How did the Ionian Greeks get the Greek technology and culture started. And then there was the Italian renaissance and then things happened in Germany and then in the Netherlands.
One can relatively easily find explanations about how it could happen but nothing much about how and why it actually did happen.
This book and The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future 1730-1810 give an explanation.
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on 19 December 2013
Good book with high quality It is new. The paper clean and have aa nice smell of history. Reasonable price
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