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An Economic History of Nineteenth-Century Europe
Diversity and Industrialization


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  • Author: Ivan Berend, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107030701

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  • Why did some countries and regions of Europe reach high levels of economic advancement in the nineteenth century, while others were left behind? This new transnational survey of the continent's economic development highlights the role of regional differences in shaping each country's economic path and outcome. Presenting a clear and cogent explanation of the historical causes of advancement and backwardness, Ivan Berend integrates social, political, institutional and cultural factors as well as engaging in debates about the relative roles of knowledge, the state and institutions. Featuring boxed essays on key personalities including Adam Smith, Friedrich List, Gustave Eiffel and the Krupp family, as well as brief histories of innovations such as the steam engine, vaccinations and the co-operative system, the book helps to explain the theories and macro-economic trends that dominated the century and their impact on the subsequent development of the European economy right up to the present day.

    • A comprehensive pan-European economic history which emphasises the key role of regional differences in determining levels of economic growth across the continent
    • Sets economic developments within their social, political, institutional and cultural contexts and engages in latest debates about the role of knowledge, the state and institutions
    • Boxed essays present micro-historical case studies that make the narrative of economic development easier to understand
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

    Reviews & endorsements

    'A masterful survey that puts the history back in economic history. It will make an outstanding textbook for undergraduate courses in nineteenth-century European economic history.' George Grantham, McGill University

    'After his masterful [An] Economic History of Twentieth-Century Europe, Ivan Berend gives us the indispensable companion volume on the nineteenth century, another masterpiece in comparative economic history. Few scholars can rival Berend's deep knowledge of the multifarious European economies, their mutual interaction and slow integration, as well as the complex links between the economy and the cultural, social and political developments that make Europe so complex and unique. This is a 'must read' book for students and the general educated public alike.' Gianni Toniolo, Duke University and Libera Università degli Studi Sociali, Roma

    'Professor Berend's knowledge of European comparative economic history is unparalleled, and he here offers a wide-ranging and deep analysis of that subject, illuminating the crucial issue of uneven continental development in the long nineteenth century. Combining an impressive variety of analytical frameworks and approaches, his study fills an important gap with confidence and persuasive insight.' Barry Supple, University of Cambridge

    'Writing [a] new economic history of Europe from a regional perspective is a very ambitious project and an increasingly difficult task for a single individual. I can only praise and admire Professor Berend for his ambition, erudition, and courage. The coverage of multiple dimensions, economic, social and cultural, of economic disparities during nineteenth-century industrialisation in Europe is really impressive.' Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107030701
    • length: 566 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 5 maps 47 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Gradual Revolution:
    1. From merchant to industrial capitalism in Northwestern Europe
    Part II. Successful Industrial Transformation of the West:
    2. Knowledge and the entrepreneurial state
    3. Agriculture, transportation, and communication
    4. The organisation of business and finance
    5. Three versions of successful industrialization
    6. The miracle of knowledge and the state: Scandinavia
    7. Demographic revolution, transformation of life and standard of living
    8. The Europeanization of Europe
    Part III. The Peripheries: Semi-Success or Failure of Modern Transformation:
    9. The 'sleeping' peripheries, traditional institutions and values
    10. The Western sparks that ignite modernization
    11. Advantage from dependence: Central Europe, the Baltic Area, Finland and Ireland
    12. Profiting from foreign interests: the Mediterranean and Russia
    13. The predator Leviathan in peasant societies: the Balkans and the borderlands of Austria-Hungary
    Epilogue: economic disparity – and alternative postwar economic regimes

  • Author

    Ivan Berend, University of California, Los Angeles
    Ivan T. Berend is Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include An Economic History of Twentieth-Century Europe: Economic Regimes from Laissez-Faire to Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Europe Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2010).


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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