Great Divergence China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy

ISBN-10: 0691090106

ISBN-13: 9780691090108

Edition: 2002

Authors: Kenneth Pomeranz

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This text offers insight into one of the classic questions of history: why did sustained industrial growth begin in Northwest Europe, despite surprising similarities between advanced areas of Europe and East Asia?
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Comparisons, Connections, and Narratives of European Economic Development
Variations on the Europe-Centered Story: Demography, Ecology, and Accumulation
Other Europe-Centered Stories: Markets, Firms, and Institutions
Problems with the Europe-Centered Stories
Building a More Inclusive Story
Comparisons, Connections, and the Structure of the Argument
A Note on Geographic Coverage
A World of Surprising Resemblances
Europe before Asia? Population, Capital Accumulation, and Technology in Explanations of European Development
Agriculture, Transport, and Livestock Capital
Living Longer? Living Better?
Birthrates
Accumulation?
What about Technology?
Market Economies in Europe and Asia
Land Markets and Restrictions on Land Use in China and Western Europe
Labor Systems
Migration, Markets, and Institutions
Markets for Farm Products
Rural Industry and Sideline Activities
Family Labor in China and Europe: "Involution" and the "Industrious Revolution"
Conclusion to Part 1: Multiple Cores and Shared Constraints in the Early Modern World Economy
From New Ethos to New Economy? Consumption, Investment, and Capitalism
Introduction
Luxury Consumption and the Rise of Capitalism
More and Less Ordinary Luxuries
Everyday Luxuries and Popular Consumption in Early Modern Europe and Asia
Consumer Durables and the "Objectification" of Luxury
Exotic Goods and the Velocity of Fashion: Global Conjuncture and the Appearance of Culturally Based Economic Difference
Luxury Demand, Social Systems, and Capitalist Firms
Visible Hands: Firm Structure, Sociopolitical Structure, and "Capitalism" in Europe and Asia
Overseas Extraction and Capital Accumulation: The Williams Thesis Revisited
The Importance of the Obvious: Luxury Demand, Capitalism, and New World Colonization
Interstate Competition, Violence, and State Systems: How They Didn't Matter and How They Did
Conclusion to Part 2: The Significance of Similarities--and of Differences
Beyond Smith and Malthus: from Ecological Constraints to Sustained Industrial Growth
Shared Constraints: Ecological Strain in Western Europe and East Asia
Deforestation and Soil Depletion in China: Some Comparisons with Europe
Trading for Resources with Old World Peripheries: Common Patterns and Limits of Smithian Solutions to Quasi-Malthusian Problems
Abolishing the Land Constraint: The Americas as a New Kind of Periphery
Another New World, Another Windfall: Precious Metals
Some Measurements of Ecological Relief: Britain in the Age of the Industrial Revolution
Comparisons and Calculations: What Do the Numbers Mean?
Beyond and Besides the Numbers
Into an Industrial World
Last Comparisons: Labor Intensity, Resources, and Industrial "Growing Up"
Comparative Estimates of Land Transport Capacity per Person: Germany and North India, circa 1800
Estimates of Manure Applied to North China and European Farms in the Late Eighteenth Century, and a Comparison of Resulting Nitrogen Fluxes
Forest Cover and Fuel-Supply Estimates for France, Lingnan, and a Portion of North China, 1700-1850
Estimates of "Ghost Acreage" Provided by Various Imports to Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Britain
Estimates of Earning Power of Rural Textile Workers in the Lower Yangzi Region of China, 1750-1840
Estimates of Cotton and Silk Production, Lower Yangzi and China as a Whole, 1750 and Later--With Comparisons to United Kingdom, France, and Germany
Bibliography
Index
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