Getting from Here to There

Getting from Here to There

Getting from Here to There

Getting from Here to There

Excerpt

This is a book about economic survival over the next quarter-century. Although it stands on its own, it is part of a larger effort. In 1972, I decided it was time to put together what I thought I had learned from some forty years of studying and teaching economic history. The first result was How It All Began (McGraw-Hill, 1975). It seeks to explain the origins of the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century, which launched the world into two centuries of modern economic growth. The book was designed as an introductory chapter to a larger work, but took on a life of its own and became a separate volume. The story of modern economic growth itself, from the eighteenth century down to 1977, is told in The World Economy: History and Prospect (University of Texas Press, 1978).

As I wrote these two books, I realized that the perspective on the present state of the world economy -- and our own -- generated by this historical exercise was quite different from the perspectives that informed the views of both conventional liberal and conventional conservative economists.

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