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Reversals of Fortune : Why the Hierarchy Of Nations So Often Turns Topsy-Turvy, Hardback Book

Reversals of Fortune : Why the Hierarchy Of Nations So Often Turns Topsy-Turvy Hardback


Why has history so often turned the economic and political hierarchy of nations topsy-turvy?

This book examines the evidence of the last 500 years to challenge the two dominant narratives on the answers to this question.

It argues that the explanation lies neither in the quality of institutions that societies possess nor in their capacities for technological innovation.

What matters for the economic and political success of a country, it claims, is the interaction between current technological knowledge and global demand on the one hand and its geography and the population it inherits from its past on the other.

Those societies succeed whose endowments best fit the requirements of current technology and world demand.

It hardly matters who developed the technology. In the process of examining the patterns that inform the fates of nations over time, Reversals of Fortune charts the economic histories of Western Europe and Asia from the sixteenth century to the present day. A compelling tour de force, this book reshapes and rethinks global history.

The volume will be a fascinating read for scholars of history and economics, especially economic history and human geography.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humamities
  • ISBN: 9780367819439