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The European Miracle By E. L. Jones (La Trobe University, Victoria)

The European Miracle
by E. L. Jones (La Trobe University, Victoria)

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In this work, Eric Jones sees the economic condition forming where natural environments and political systems meet: Europe's economic rise is explained as a favoured interaction between them, contrasting with the frustrating pattern of their interplay in the Ottoman Empire, India and China.
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The European Miracle: Environments, Economies and Geopolitics in the History of Europe and Asia by E. L. Jones (La Trobe University, Victoria)

Why did modern states and economies develop first in the peripheral and late-coming culture of Europe? This historical puzzle looms behind every study of industrialization and economic development. In his analytical and comparative work Eric Jones sees the economic condition forming where natural environments and political systems meet: Europe's economic rise is explained as a favoured interaction between them, contrasting with the frustrating pattern of their interplay in the Ottoman empire, India and China. For the second edition Professor Jones has added a new introduction and an updated bibliographical guide.

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The European Miracle Reviews


'The European Miracle is a powerfully argued explanation of why the western periphery of Eurasia advanced, while the other three empires remained static, or regressed. Professor Jones's approach is sophisticated and complex. He suggests that only a concatenation of factors can explain Europe's increasing advantage.' The Economist
'It is one of the merits of this thoughtful and stimulating book that it will awaken insights even broader and more numerous than those presented in this pithy, concentrated work.' Journal of Historical Geography
'This is a very ambitious book. Modest in length, vast in scope, confident (yet neither immodest nor dogmatic) in tone, it is the latest impressive addition to the steadily growing body of literature on universal and very long-term history ... No brief review can possibly convey the scope and subtlety of Jones's study.' Economic History Review
'This is a bold, learned, and ecologically sensitive effort to answer the central question of modern and of world history. It deserves to be read and pondered by historians of every species and field of specialization.' The Journal of Modern History

Table of Contents


Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction to the second edition; Map; 1. Environmental and social conjectures; 2. Disasters and capital accumulation; 3. Technological drift; 4. The discoveries and ghost acreage; 5. The market economy; 6. The states system; 7. Nation-states; 8. Beyond Europe; 9. Islam and the Ottoman Empire; 10. India and the Mughal Empire; 11. China and the Ming and Manchu Empires; 12. Summary and comparison; Annotated bibliographical guide; Bibliography and supplementary guide; Index.

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The European Miracle: Environments, Economies and Geopolitics in the History of Europe and Asia by E. L. Jones (La Trobe University, Victoria)
E. L. Jones (La Trobe University, Victoria)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1987-08-31
320
0521336708
9780521336703
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