Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 502
Weight: 820 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
'Our knowledge of Britain's growth history has just taken a quantum leap forward. The authors' well-documented fresh results force us to re-think the views of Malthus and Maddison on growth before 1800. Even the growth implications of the Black Death and the Industrial Revolution now look different. This team of authors sets a high standard of transparency, allowing others to replicate or revise their estimates.' Peter H. Lindert, University of California, Davis
'This invaluable volume combines the compilation of masses of core data for estimating GDP and GDP per capita across six centuries with a host of reinterpretations that challenge and frequently demolish long-cherished views of the past. It is a massive achievement that is certain to form the starting-point for historical studies of Britain's long-run economic performance for many years to come.' John Hatcher, University of Cambridge
'This is a path-breaking reconstruction and analysis of the British economy in the very long run, making full use of the available historical data from the Middle Ages onwards, which sets new standards for economic historical research into the 'wealth of nations' and sheds new light on the single most important question in the field: why did the Industrial Revolution happen in this part of the world?' Jan Luiten van Zanden, Utrecht University
'British Economic Growth, 1270-1870 is a true landmark in economic history. Based on extensive research and a meticulous comparison of sources, it will transform our understanding of Britain's past and also reshape the debate over the 'great divergence' and the causes of the Industrial Revolution.' Philip T. Hoffman, California Institute of Technology
'In this book, a team of leading UK economic historians reconstructs Britain's national accounts to show what happened quantitatively during the centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution ... Excellent bibliography. Summing up: recommended.' J. Murdock, Choice
'British Economic Growth, 1270-1870 makes a big leap forward in our understanding of the long-run performance of what became the leading nineteenth-century economy and the workshop of the world. It does so by implementing a giant quantitative enterprise, one that will make it the standard data source for studying the evolution of the British economy for decades to come.' Journal of Economic Literature
'This book contains a remarkable amount of advanced scholarship in British economic history, making sense of over six centuries of economic development. It is aimed squarely at the economic history community and its authors can look forward to its influence being felt in that discipline for a long time.' David Meredith, The English Historical Review
'British Economic Growth is the collective work of a remarkable international group of economic historians ... It is an attempt to reconstruct England's and Britain's national income accounts from 1270 to 1870 and to reveal the origins of Britain's modern economic growth. ... a remarkable achievement, which transforms our understanding of Britain's rise to economic supremacy. ... This landmark in British and international economic history is recommended to both experts and all those who are interested in the interrelationships between history and economic development.' Gyoergy Borus, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
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