Europe, America, and the Wider World: Volume 1, Europe and the World Economy: Essays on the Economic History of Western Capitalism

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1984 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
Taken together, the essays in this volume offer a particular, yet comprehensive, view of the economic history of Western Europe since the Renaissance. The focus is wide and the level of treatment deep. Between 1550 and 1940, Professor Parker contends, the development of European capitalism was, in a sense, all of a piece. He separates the development into three periods and processes - 'Malthusian', 'Smithian', and 'Schumpeterian'. Each period was governed by a characteristic dynamic that produced productivity growth, in the presence of other favourable elements, and influenced also the evolution of the forms of industrial and economic life. A certain internal logic is claimed for this progression, which in the nineteenth century extended this system and technology efficiently over much of the globe. In the concluding essay, Professor Parker examines the break-up of the capitalist synthesis and speculates on its transmutation into other forms. Essays and reviews previously available in widely scattered sources are brought together here for the first time and arranged and amplified to develop the central theses.
 

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Contents

What historians must explain
3
Europes industrialization the prehistory
13
The prehistory of the nineteenth century
15
Heavy industrialization in the European regions
55
The interruption of expansion
57
The organization of rapid expansion
76
Law and enterprise oremining on two sides of the FrancoGerman border
92
Kartelle und Konzerne the German Coal Syndicate under the steel mills domination
103
Europecentered development its natural logic
141
Communication techniques and social organization in the world economy
150
The historians reviews of the terrain
164
European capitalism a synthetic view
189
Opportunity sequences in European history
191
The response mechanism in the twentieth century
214
A comment on the papers personal reflections and some diagrams
238
A P Usher an appreciative essay
257

M Schuman and his plan
125
Europe and the wider world an explanation from technology
139

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