The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor

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W. W. Norton & Company, 17 mai 1999 - 688 pagini

New York Times Bestseller

"Readers cannot but be provoked and stimulated by this splendidly iconoclastic and refreshing book." —Andrew Porter, New York Times Book Review

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is David S. Landes's acclaimed, best-selling exploration of one of the most contentious and hotly debated questions of our time: Why do some nations achieve economic success while others remain mired in poverty? The answer, as Landes definitively illustrates, is a complex interplay of cultural mores and historical circumstance. Rich with anecdotal evidence, piercing analysis, and a truly astonishing range of erudition, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations is a "picture of enormous sweep and brilliant insight" (Kenneth Arrow) as well as one of the most audaciously ambitious works of history in decades.

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Natures Inequalities
3
Europe and China
17
A Different Path
29
The Invention of Invention
45
The Great Opening
60
Eastward Ho
79
From Discoveries to Empire
99
Bittersweet Isles
113
The Wealth of Knowledge
276
Frontiers
292
The South American Way
310
Stasis and Retreat
335
And the Last Shall Be First
350
The Meiji Restoration
371
History Gone Wrong?
392
Empire and After
422

Empire in the East
125
For Love of Gain
137
Golconda
150
The Balance Sheet of Empire
168
The Nature of Industrial Revolution
186
Why Europe? Why Then?
200
Britain and the Others
213
Pursuit of Albion
231
You Need Money to Make Money
256
Loss of Leadership
442
Winners and
465
Losers
491
How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going?
512
EPILOGUE 1999
525
NOTES
533
BIBLIOGRAPHY
575
INDEX
645
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David S. Landes (1924—2013) was professor emeritus at Harvard University and the author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, Bankers and Pashas, The Unbound Prometheus, and Revolution in Time.

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