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By P Emmer, O Petre-Grenouilleau, Jessica Roitman

ISBN-10: 9004151028

ISBN-13: 9789004151024

The results of the growth of Europe have involved historians and economists, in addition to the general public at huge, for hundreds of years. essentially the most interesting and debatable results of Europe's growth has been the exchange that resulted from this stream out of Europe and into different areas of the realm. The position of international exchange in Europe's monetary progress and particularly in its industrialization has lengthy been hotly contested. This quantity has as its aspect of departure the concept the hyperlink among colonial exchange and the improvement of Europe used to be even more complicated than hitherto believed. simply because this hyperlink is so complicated, this quantity includes essays via a variety of experts to evaluate the recent instructions within the historiography. furthermore, this quantity examines the talk at the influence of colonial exchange on nations similar to Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, that are often overlooked in prefer of debate approximately Britain.

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Imports were dominated by tropical groceries and manufactured luxuries. At most they embodied attributes that scholars find appealing to place at the centre of their narratives about the origins of the North-South divide. It is clear that the Great Divergence and the Industrial Revolution form part of an interconnected narrative. It is also clear that the degree of divergence in labour productivities and real incomes between Europe and China—a divergence that had so clearly appeared by patrick o’brien 23 1914—is inconceivable without the massive supplies of basic foodstuffs and raw materials imported from the Americas and other primary producers.

Perhaps such Weberian (and/or Marxian) perceptions will be revived and underpinned by future research and debate. That scholarship (or even search among extant histories) might delineate and perhaps measure discernible differences in the scale, scope, and intensity of Smithian growth across time and space. Meanwhile, as recent reconfigurations of Asian economic history became acceptable (to all but an anachronistic generation of historians) and debate moves on from the realm of acrimony toward conversation, we may well witness a revival of more nuanced and carefully specified long run historical explanations for divergences in productivity and living standards between East and West—divergences that historians have long agreed became unmistakable during the 19th century and starkly apparent during the 20th century.

Nevertheless, revisionists insist (and have traduced a not entirely sufficient or convincing body of evidence to support the view), that Britain and other European economies were also on a similar tra- patrick o’brien 15 jectory of diminishing returns and rising costs for the production of food, fuel, and fibers, but that the West postponed the onset of more severe ecological problems and shortages during the early phases of industrialisation in the 18th century and circumvented them throughout the 19th century by exploiting two “windfalls” of massive significance, namely: endowments of cheap and accessible energy in the form of coal, and the fecund soils and abundant natural resources of the Americas.

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