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Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe

Rosenthal, Jean-Laurent; Wong, R. Bin

Verlag: Harvard University Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0674057910 / ISBN 13: 9780674057913
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Titel: Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics ...

Verlag: Harvard University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This magisterial volume is of singular importance to the study of early medieval Chinese history, literature, thought, and religion. Written by the Who's Who in a field that has grown exponentially in recent years, this sourcebook presents up-to-date scholarship at the highest level. Wide-ranging in scope, rich in detail, and thoroughly interdisciplinary, it serves as the principal guide to the world of early medieval China and as a wonderful inspiration to students. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0674057910

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China has reemerged as a powerhouse in the global economy, reviving a classic question in economic history: why did sustained economic growth arise in Europe rather than in China?

Many favor cultural and environmental explanations of the nineteenth-century economic divergence between Europe and the rest of the world. This book, the product of over twenty years of research, takes a sharply different tack. It argues that political differences which crystallized well before 1800 were responsible both for China?s early and more recent prosperity and for Europe?s difficulties after the fall of the Roman Empire and during early industrialization.

Rosenthal and Wong show that relative prices matter to how economies evolve; institutions can have a large effect on relative prices; and the spatial scale of polities can affect the choices of institutions in the long run. Their historical perspective on institutional change has surprising implications for understanding modern transformations in China and Europe and for future expectations. It also yields insights in comparative economic history, essential to any larger social science account of modern world history.

Über den Autor: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal is the Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics at the California Institute of Technology.

R. Bin Wong is Professor of History and Director of the Asia Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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