World Economic Primacy, 1500 to 1990

World Economic Primacy, 1500 to 1990

World Economic Primacy, 1500 to 1990

World Economic Primacy, 1500 to 1990

Synopsis

Charles Kindleberger's World Economic Primacy: 1500-1990 is a work of rare ambition and scope from one of our most respected economic historians. Extending over broad ranges of both history and geography, the work considers what it is that enables countries to achieve, at some period in their history, economic superiority over other countries, and what it is that makes them decline. Kindleberger begins with the Italian city-states in the fourteenth century, and traces the changing evolution of world economic primacy as it moves to Portugal and Spain, to the Low countries, to Great Britain, and to the United States, addressing the question of alleged U.S. decline. Additional chapters treat France as a perennial challenger, Germany which has twice aggressively sought superiority, and Japan, which may or may not become a candidate for the role of "number one." Kindleberger suggests that the economic vitality of a given country goes through a trajectory that can usefully (thought not precisely) be compared to a human life cycle. Like human beings, the growth of a state can be cut off by accident or catastrophe short of old age; unlike human beings, however, economies can have a second birth. In World Economic Primacy, Kindleberger takes into account the influence of complex historical, social, and cultural factors that determine economic leadership. A brilliant overview of the position of nations in the world economy, World Economic Primacy conveys profound insights into the causes of the rise and decline of the world's economic powers, past and present.

Excerpt

This book by Professor Charles Kindleberger on world economic primacy grew out of a larger, long-term project launched by the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies (I. E. I. S.) in 1990 on "The Vitality of Nations." the purpose of this project is to look, using a multidisciplinary and multinational approach, at the issue of the rise and decline of countries. the project distinguishes among four analytical stages: assessing, explaining, forecasting, and prescribing.

Within this project there have been eight major conferences on countries, regions, or specific issues. After two conferences in Luxembourg and at Harvard University of a more general character, there have been meetings on specific topics: "The Vitality of Central and Eastern Europe," "The Vitality of Japan," "The Vitality of Britain," and "The Vitality of the Netherlands." Finally there have been two conferences on the topic of books to be prepared in the framework of the project, the first at Harvard, which concerned Professor Kindleberger's book, and which brought together some 40 eminent scholars, above all, economic historians, and a workshop in London prepared by Christopher Coker on "The Decline of the Western Alliance:
A Cultural Perspective."

In mid-May 1995 there will be a further conference to discuss the work of David Landes, "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations:
Why Some Are Rich and Some Poor,"
to be followed by workshops on "The Vitality of Russia"; "The Vitality of City-States"; "The Significance of Chinese Immigrants in the Vitality of Some Asian Countries"; "The Importance of Nurturing in the Vitality of Nations"; "The Vitality of Spain"; and "The Vitality of Asia:
A Cultural Perspective.
. . ."

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