By Gregory Clark
Why are a few elements of the realm so wealthy and others so bad? Why did the economic Revolution--and the extraordinary fiscal progress that got here with it--occur in eighteenth-century England, and never at another time, or in some place else? Why didn't industrialization make the full international rich--and why did it make huge elements of the realm even poorer? In A Farewell to Alms, Gregory Clark tackles those profound questions and indicates a brand new and provocative method within which culture--not exploitation, geography, or resources--explains the wealth, and the poverty, of nations.
Countering the existing idea that the economic Revolution used to be sparked via the surprising improvement of reliable political, criminal, and monetary associations in seventeenth-century Europe, Clark indicates that such associations existed lengthy sooner than industrialization. He argues as an alternative that those associations steadily ended in deep cultural alterations via encouraging humans to desert hunter-gatherer instincts-violence, impatience, and economic system of effort-and undertake fiscal habits-hard paintings, rationality, and education.
the matter, Clark says, is that simply societies that experience lengthy histories of cost and protection appear to improve the cultural features and potent workforces that let financial development. For the numerous societies that experience now not loved lengthy classes of balance, industrialization has no longer been a blessing. Clark additionally dissects the proposal, championed by way of Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs, and Steel, that common endowments reminiscent of geography account for adjustments within the wealth of nations.
a super and sobering problem to the concept that bad societies should be economically constructed via outdoor intervention, A Farewell to Alms might swap the way in which international fiscal historical past is understood.
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A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World by Gregory Clark