"The first edition has long been a classic in the field...In 1969, Landes undertook the heroic task of surveying modern technological history. This path-breaking work asked the right questions, and provided insightful and balanced answers. It still repays reading by scholars of technological and economic history." Rick Szostak, The International History Review
"An unbeatable introduction to the economic history of the industrial and technologiocal revolutions in Western Europe." Military Review
For over thirty years David Landes's Unbound Prometheus has offered an unrivalled history of industrial revolution and economic development in Europe. Now, in this new edition, he reframes and reasserts his original arguments in the light of current debates about globalisation and comparative economic growth. Questions of why Europe was the first to industrialise and of the viability of the post-war economic boom are as controversial as ever and Professor Landes concludes that only by continuous industrial revolution can Europe and the world sustain itself in the years ahead.