Pomeranz's study is an important addition to the literature that challenges elements of every major interpretation of the European take-off. An entirely new and refreshing departure.
The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy by Kenneth Pomeranz
Although he makes new comparisons between Europe, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Pomeranz also connects all these and more in a bold new sweep that should immediately make all previous and most contemporary related work obsolescent. Marks, American Historical Review Exhaustively researched and brilliantly argued Suffice it to say that The Great Divergence is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated and significant pieces of cliometric scholarship to be published of late, especially in the field of world history.
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Permanent Record Edward Snowden Inbunden. Fortuitous global conjunctures made the Americas a greater source of needed primary products for Europe than any Asian periphery. This allowed Northwest Europe to grow dramatically in population, specialize further in manufactures, and remove labor from the land, using increased imports rather than maximizing yields.
Together, coal and the New World allowed Europe to grow along resource-intensive, labor-saving paths. Meanwhile, Asia hit a cul-de-sac.
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Marks, American Historical Review. Suffice it to say that The Great Divergence is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated and significant pieces of cliometric scholarship to be published of late, especially in the field of world history. Slack, Jr. Never again will Europeans imagine they stood alone in the doorway of economic growth. Pomeranz and his colleagues in the new sinology have reintroduced the Central Kingdom and its stunning historical sources, and Pomeranz has written the one essential book.
He combines global imagination with the scientific detail needed to make his points hold firm. The Great Divergence should command widespread respect.
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