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Palgrave Studies in Economic History
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The Economies of Imperial China and Western Europe

Debating the Great Divergence

Authors: O'Brien, Patrick

  • Covers major themes in the economic histories of Imperial China and Western Europe and takes issue with other contentions that for centuries Western Europe and China can be located and defined as economies characterized by “surprising resemblances”
  • Addresses ways of knowing, understanding and contrasting histories of “the rise of rise” of the West with the protracted retardation of Imperial China’s economy
  • Provides an extended answer to the meta question posed by Ken Pomeranz in his now classical book: The Great Divergence – which inaugurated the debate, “Why wasn’t England like the Yangtze Delta?”
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This book is a critical interpretation of a seminal and protracted debate in comparative global economic history. Since its emergence, in now classic publications in economic history between 1997-2000, debate on the divergent economic development that has marked the long-term economic growth of China and Western Europe has generated a vast collection of books and articles, conferences, networks, and new journals as well as intense interest from the media and educated public.

O’Brien provides an historiographical survey and critique of Western views on the long-run economic development of the Imperial Economy of China – a field of commentary that stretches back to the Enlightenment. The book’s structure and core argument is concentrated upon an elaboration of, and critical engagement with, the major themes of recent academic debate on the “Great Divergence” and it will be of enormous interest to academics and students of economic history, political economy, the economics of growth and development, state formation, statistical measurements, environmental history, and the histories of science and globalization.

About the authors

Patrick Karl O’Brien, FBA, was former Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, an Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony's College and an Associate Fellow of the Center for Economic and Social History, Oxford University, UK.

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Hardcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economies of Imperial China and Western Europe
Book Subtitle
Debating the Great Divergence
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54614-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54614-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54613-7
Series ISSN
2662-6497
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 121
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