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Europe, America, and the Wider World : Volume 1, Europe and the World Economy: Europe, America, and the Wider World: Volume 1, Europe and the World Economy Europe and the World Economy v. 1 - William Nelson Parker

Europe, America, and the Wider World

Volume 1, Europe and the World Economy: Europe, America, and the Wider World: Volume 1, Europe and the World Economy Europe and the World Economy v. 1

Paperback Published: 4th February 1985
ISBN: 9780521274807
Number Of Pages: 288

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Taken together, the essays in this volume offer a particular, yet comprehensive, view of the economic history of Western Europe since the Renaissance. The focus is wide and the level of treatment deep. Between 1550 and 1940, Professor Parker contends, the development of European capitalism was, in a sense, all of a piece. He separates the development into three periods and processes - 'Malthusian', 'Smithian', and 'Schumpeterian'. Each period was governed by a characteristic dynamic that produced productivity growth, in the presence of other favourable elements, and influenced also the evolution of the forms of industrial and economic life. A certain internal logic is claimed for this progression, which in the nineteenth century extended this system and technology efficiently over much of the globe. In the concluding essay, Professor Parker examines the break-up of the capitalist synthesis and speculates on its transmutation into other forms. Essays and reviews previously available in widely scattered sources are brought together here for the first time and arranged and amplified to develop the central theses.

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'Bill Parker is one of the wisest and is certainly the wittiest of the post-war generation that created the new economic history. In this series of essays, some old some new, he sets forth an immensely erudite view of the evolution of Europe and the world economy over the past five centuries. Taken separately, the essays are beautifully crafted insights into particular parts of the story. Together they form an integrated interpretation of the development of the western world. They all add up to an extraordinary volume by an extraordinary economic historian.' Douglass C. North, Washington University 'William Parker's graceful and speculative essays presuppose that economic progress is rooted in political and intellectual life. To borrow one of his own titles, they are an 'opportunity sequence', inviting the historian to rethink economic development in a cultural context.' Charles S. Mailer, Harvard University

EditorsG++ preface
The Renaissance and the Twentieth Century
What historians must explain
EuropeG++s Industrialization: The Pre-History
The pre-history of the nineteenth century
Heavy Industrialization in the European Regions
The interruption of expansion
The organization of rapid expansion
Law and enterprise: ore-mining on two sides of the Franco-German border
Kartelle und Konzerne: the German coal syndicate under the steel millsG++ domination
M. Schuman and his plan
Europe and the Wider World: An Explanation from Technology
Europe-centered development: its natural logic
Communication techniques and social organization in the world economy
The historiansG++ reviews of the terrain
European Capitalism: A Synthetic View
Opportunity sequences in European history
The response mechanism in the twentieth century
A comment on the papers: personal reflections and some diagrams
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ISBN: 9780521274807
ISBN-10: 052127480X
Series: Studies in Economic History and Policy : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 4th February 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.43

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