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The Unbound Prometheus

The Unbound Prometheus
Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present

2nd Edition

$34.99 (G)

  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534024

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About the Authors
  • In this new edition of his classic history on revolution and economic development in Europe, David Landes reasserts his original arguments in the light of current debates about globalization and comparative economic growth. Questions about why Europe was the first to industrialize and the viability of the post-war economic boom are as controversial as ever and Landes concludes that only by continuous industrial revolution can Europe and the world sustain itself in the years ahead. First Edition Hb (1969): 0-521-07200-X First Edition Pb (1969): 0-521-09418-6

    • Long-awaited updated edition
    • Classic account of the making of modern, industrial Europe
    • Features an addition preface and epilogue which address debates about globalisation and comparative world economic growth
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534024
    • length: 590 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 38 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the new edition
    Preface to the original edition
    1. Introduction
    2. The industrial revolution in Britain
    3. Continental emulation
    4. Closing the gap
    5. Short breath and second wind
    6. The interwar years
    7. Reconstruction and growth since 1945
    8. Conclusion
    9. Epilogue

  • Author

    David S. Landes, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    David Landes is Emeritus Professor of Economics and History at Harvard University and the author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998).

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