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

David S. Landes, The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969. ix + 566 pp. Review Essay by Paul M. Hohenberg, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. hohenp@rpi.edu Economic History’s Greatest Story, Never Told Better Let me put my cards on the […]

David S. Landes

In Memoriam ECONOMICS HISTORY ASSOCIATION REMEMBERS DAVID LANDES David S. Landes (1924-2013) By Peter Temin David Landes was a great narrative economic historian. Although fully aware of the New Economic History and a lively participant in many of its debates, he is known primarily as the author of masterful narratives written throughout the latter half […]

Project 2000/2001

Project 2000 Each month during 2000, EH.NET published a review essay on a significant work in twentieth-century economic history. The purpose of these essays was to survey the works that have had the most influence on the field of economic history and to highlight the intellectual accomplishments of twentieth-century economic historians. Each review essay outlines […]

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Joyce Burnette, Wabash College Historians disagree about whether the British Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) was beneficial for women. Frederick Engels, writing in the late nineteenth century, thought that the Industrial Revolution increased women’s participation in labor outside the home, and claimed that this change was emancipating. 1 More recent historians dispute the claim that women’s labor […]

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Joyce Burnette, Wabash College Historians disagree about whether the British Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) was beneficial for women. Frederick Engels, writing in the late nineteenth century, thought that the Industrial Revolution increased women’s participation in labor outside the home, and claimed that this change was emancipating. 1 More recent historians dispute the claim that women’s labor […]

Les entrepreneurs du Second Empire

Published by EH.NET (January 2005) Dominique Barjot, Eric Anceau, Isabelle Lescent-Giles and Bruno Marnot, editors, Les entrepreneurs du Second Empire. Paris: Presses de l?universite de Paris-Sorbonne, 2003. 224 pp. 23.75 Euros, ISBN: 2-84050-293-3. Reviewed for EH.NET by Jean-Pierre Dormois, Institut d?Histoire Contemporaine, Universit? Marc-Bloch (Strasbourg) This book is an interim report on a nation-wide project […]

The German Economy during the Nineteenth Century

Published by EH.NET (September 2004) Toni Pierenkemper and Richard H. Tilly, The German Economy during the Nineteenth Century. New York: Berghahn, 2004. xvi + 176 pp. $65 (hardback), ISBN: 1-57181-063-3; $22.50 (paperback), ISBN: 1-57181-689-5. Reviewed for EH.NET by Timothy W. Guinnane, Department of Economics, Yale University. Most universities in English-speaking countries teach courses on the […]

Institutional Change and American Economic Growth

Lance E. Davis and Douglass C. North (with the assistance of Calla Smorodin), Institutional Change and American Economic Growth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971. viii + 282 pp. Review Essay by Cynthia Taft Morris, Department of Economics, Smith College and American University. Davis and North Launch Neoclassical Institutional Theory This book is an early major […]

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Review Essay by Stanley Engerman, Departments of Economics and History, University of Rochester Capitalism, Protestantism, and Economic Development: Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism after Almost One Century Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has had an […]

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Are Some So Rich and Others So Poor

EH.NET BOOK REVIEW Published by EH.NET (April 1998) David S. Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Are Some So Rich and Others So Poor. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. 544 pp. $30.00 (cloth) ISBN: 0393040178. Reviewed for EH.NET by J. Bradford De Long, Department of Economics, University of California-Berkeley. David Landes has studied […]