- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199596654
- ISBN-13: 978-0199596652
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 4.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction 1st Edition
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About the Author
Robert C. Allen is Professor of Economic History at Oxford University. He is a fellow of the British Academy.
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He also gives good accounts of other theories of how economic history such as staples (use a "staple" product to grow by exporting it), and industrial planning.
He tackles every area of the world and pretty much every time from 1500 (mostly focusing on Europe for the early times). Japan, Russia, Korea, Taiwan, and China get special mentions for accomplishing the catch-up of GDP/capita with Western Europe, with some thoughts on how and why.
Overall, just an interesting viewpoint as to how the world has gotten where we gotten. Allen does a good job of pointing out problems with theories and also accepting that no simple explanation will probably due. He ends with "The best policy to effect economic development, therefore, remains very much in dispute," which I think is a fitting ending for an area with so many uncertainties.