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

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  • Title: The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor
  • Author: David S. Landes
  • ISBN: 9780393318883
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback

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About Author

  1. David S Landes was a professor emeritus of economics at Harvard University and retired professor of history at George Washington University He is the author of Revolution in Time, The Unbound Prometheus, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, and Dynasties Such works have received both praise for detailed retelling of economic history, as well as scorn on charges of blatant Eurocentrism, a charge he embraces explicitly, arguing that an explanation for an economic miracle that happened originally only in Europe must of necessity be a Eurocentric analysis.Landes earned a Ph.D from Harvard University in 1953 and an A.B from City College of New York in 1942.

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  1. I had problems with this book I drowned under Uberprofessor Landes unceasing high pressure hosepipe of facts and robust opinion like I was a stubborn fire he was trying to put out Okay, I m out And feeling soggy too Is there anything, anywhere, you don t know or can t fit into your book, Professor Landes Huh Okay, I thought not I felt like a country mouse who d wandered into Canterbury Cathedral I felt like a pinball slamming around from Paraguay to the Ming Dynasty to the Spice Islands to the e [...]


  2. Read this book in one stint during a stay at the sea It appealed to me on a very fundamental, nerdy level as it went deep into historic details, uprooting information that was new to me The reader spends equal time in the main text as in the footnotes while being challenged and entertained Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond tries to explain history by looking at environmental factors and resulting positive feedback loops Landes agrees basically that environmental factors contribute, but plac [...]


  3. David Landes is trying to answer a similar question to that posed by Jared Diamond Why are some countries so rich and other countries so poor Landes comes to a much complex answer than Diamond, and because of that I find his explanations somewhat plausible Landes concludes that prosperity is the result of a complicated interplay between culture, policital instituitions, and geography Even if you disagree with any of his final explanations, I can promise that you will learn a great deal by read [...]


  4. Culture plays a significant role in the success or failure of civilizations Interesting thesis, right One that might not seem so objectionable until you state it in concrete historical terms Western civilizations have dominated the world for the last 200 years largely because of their culture Culture is personal, so people take things like this personally you re saying Europeans are intrinsically superior to other people Eurocentrist Bigot Racist David Landes has been called a Eurocentrist, and [...]


  5. Despite the title, this isn t a book about why, say Botswana is doing so much better than Zimbabwe these days due to such and such a policy or Germany versus Greece or practical advice on how the poor countries can turn things around and the rich countries help them It s descriptive than prescriptive Rather it s a world economic history that deals with forces centuries, even millennium old I appreciated that Landes wasn t afraid to be controversial he takes dead aim at all forms of political co [...]


  6. I am an enthusiastic supporter of outspoken, blunt opinions, even if they are expressed in very polemical terms This is what David Landes does in this 600 page blockbuster without detours he formulates his views and insights, and when necessary he even outright spanks his opponents especially anthropologists, multiculturalists, dependency theorists and supporters of the Third World in general.The field in which he does this is that of global history, departing from the really big question how is [...]


  7. I took me 8 years to read this book That s right, 8 years I picked it up in 2004 because it was at the top of the suggested reading list for the foreign service exam Since then, I have been plodding through it, sometimes starting over and re reading So, it must have sucked to have gone through that long undertaking, right And I mean, would a book on world economics and political systems that came out in 1999 even be relevant any Plus, I bet it was boring as hell.Au contraire to all of the above [...]


  8. Reread for class.Author s main thesis is that cultural values play an important role in whether or not a nation succeeds or fails Some areas of his thesis are easy to ridicule, but there is a lot of meat behind the old recitations of Asians and math.Impressive and very well reasoned overview of historical forces and a damning criticism of colonialism and totalitarianism , but the main omission is what to do in the near future about all this Still a good book.


  9. Tutti i matrimoni felici si assomigliano ogni matrimonio infelice infelice a modo suoUna sorta di prosecuzione risposta ad Armi, acciaio e malattie di J Diamond, che individuava le condizioni necessarie per la nascita di una civilta e la cui mancanza costituisce un limite allo sviluppo Senza negare tale assunto, questo testo sottolinea che in ogni caso intorno all anno mille perlomeno tre civilizzazioni europea, islamica e cinese presentavano vitalita analoghe, e che solo con l evoluzione nell o [...]


  10. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor by David S Landes672 pages The Wealth and Poverty of Nations Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor is a book written on the history and progression of economics This book covers six centuries long of economic analysis for dozens of countries This book is excruciating in the amount of information you have to process in your head I never knew the history of economics could be so stressful on the mind There are so many differen [...]


  11. Livro lido para a unidade curricular Hist ria das Rela es Internacionais Um livro extremamente denso mas que representa um grande contributo para a literatura de n o fic o, dedicada Hist ria Este livro segue uma multiplicidade de factores que influenciaram o atraso de uns e o avan o de outros de quest es de sa de a produ o de bens O autor fundamenta se tamb m na clara investiga o que fez e apresenta uma biografia extensa, onde podemos aceder a todas as fontes.N o um livro que recomende extensivo [...]


  12. This book is without a doubt well written, has interesting anecdotes, facts and figures and a humorous tone at times, which I greatly appreciated Unlike others have stated, I did not feel drowned in a sea of numbers For sure, there are many of them, but they tend to support an argument, rather than being an arugment in and of themselves.My two biggest criticisms would be as follows 1 I often joke with friends about people who will talk of Africa as if it s a country But this book tends to do it [...]


  13. David S Landes tells the long, fascinating story of wealth and power throughout the world the creation of wealth, the paths of winners and losers, the rise and fall of nations He studies history as a process, attempting to understand how the world s cultures lead to or retard economic and military success and material achievement.Countries of the West, Landes asserts, prospered early through the interplay of a vital, open society focused on work and knowledge, which led to increased productivity [...]


  14. Nice and easy encyclopaedic information of world wide economic history and that is the reason for two stars but when it comes to hang everything together in terms of causality everything is bigoted, ofcourse from western perspective This is not exception but usually the norm of this genre where people tend to give too much importance to current moment, since when the book was written West was considered advanced plus an exception was made for Japan in terms of corelating Japanese work ethic with [...]


  15. This book is without a doubt well written, has interesting anecdotes, facts and figures and a humorous tone at times but contrary to the title, it does not explain why some nations are rich and other nations are poor Rather it s a world economic history that deals with forces centuries, even millennium old.For me it was a little bit disappointing The book lacks any structures, and ping pongs from one subject to another It left me with the feeling that David S Landes is using this book to show of [...]


  16. I was disappointed by this book It relies a lot on anecdotical evidence and fails to reach any conclusion After closing, I could not tell what is the main points developed by the author, the reasons why some countries are rich and others poor Even if sources are well documented, I also had the impression that facts have been selected to confirm the views of the author The views developed a number of historical events seemed very partial to me As far as style is concerned, the book is easy and pl [...]


  17. desde ent o 1496 ,a vida intelectual e cient fica de Portugal desceu a um abismo de intoler ncia,fanatismo e pureza de sangue.O decl nio foi gradual.A Inquisi o portuguesa foi instalada na d cada de 1540 e o seu primeiro auto de f tr s anos depois Os portugueses esfor aram se ao m ximo em fechar se a influ ncias estrangeiras e her ticas.A educa o formal era controlada pela Igreja,que mantinha um curr culo medieval centrado na gram tica,ret rica e argumenta o escol stica.Atrav s desse isolamento [...]


  18. Makes sweeping generalizations The writer s authorial air is one of cockiness, not confidence I think there is a way to tie his arguments into a coherent thesis that can better be defended.


  19. Perhaps the finest book of its type I have ever encountered A huge education to any reader and hugely readable.


  20. A lot of information on why some countries are rich and some are poor The book has many references to other works on the subject, this is very valuable.


  21. Some facts about the world can t be denied Starting around the middle of the second millennium the world entered upon a phase of rapid economic growth fueled by science, technology, trade and liberal institutions The center of this growth was Europe Eventually the elements of growth were adopted by the rest of the world in varying degrees The success story of Japan, East Asian Countries and above all the behemoths China and India over the last few decades shows that the principles evolved in Eur [...]


  22. Harvard professor emeritus of history David Landes s economic history of civilization gives ample illustrations of two significant factors that help determine a nation s prosperity its ability to adopt new technologies and innovations, and its cultural values Through history, nations have outprospered their neighbors when they have been able to rapidly adopt innovations such as underwear, clocks, and notions of standardized parts e.g Ford s Model T France was slow in adopting electricity, but ex [...]


  23. A best selling exploration of why some nations achieve economic success while others don t As you can imagine, it s complicated.


  24. Why are some nations so rich and others so poor How did nations that were once mighty empires end up losing their position and becoming some of today s economic backwaters This is the issue that David Landes seeks to address in The Wealth and Poverty of Nations While geography, climate, and the vagaries of history are factors in the equation, the greatest determinants are in fact human ones social, cultural, political, and economic attitudes and institutions These can stifle and sometimes even p [...]


  25. I really like this book, I could not put it down, I found all the episodes of a huge narrative utterly exciting The title does not refer to a new foundation, rather to a million footnotes and examples the Adam Smith s evergreen Simple theory, the theory of Smith s plus comparative advantage a la Ricardo, a little bit of Austrian economics and the new institutionalist school Simple capitalist ethics, praising hard work, no political correctness for eluding those who cannot cope, equality of men a [...]


  26. Mmm I read mainly summaries of this book since I wasn t interested in the lengthy 650pg book It contains a few good gems and insights to why some nations got ahead while some got left behind, but it doesn t provide a clear conclusion.I was mainly interested in the fact that countries rich in natural resources tend to become lazy and not productive over time I was also very interested in this quote In the pursuit of wealth, failure or success are ultimately determined from within, not imposed fro [...]


  27. The last chapter of this book How did we get here Where are we going should be required reading for everyone It succinctly outlines the complexity of our economic situation I finished the book with an increased awareness of the importance of cultivating a culture of optimism, hard work, and entrepreneurship The rest of the book was interesting but I felt it was written to impress colleagues rather than to convey the salient history behind the wealth and poverty of nations Landes would jump from [...]


  28. If you worry about mistakes you ve done in life, don t be because these guys in this book have done that, big time Either they prove the proverb learning by mistake or just going dumber with mistakes For example, when the Portuguese that hold thight into their Christianity, forced Jews scientist to be baptized, grounded astronomers like Galileo for stepping above divine , limiting and cencoring imported science book They realize that the pursuit of Christian uniformity was stupid and swallowing [...]


  29. Ultramarathon read, but liked the author s take on factors influencing economies of different countries Most of his analysis is fascinating and as is with most history anthropology books, hard to prove disprove conclusively Albeit, the fact that technical knowledge is the single most important wealth for a nation is hard to dispute Wish some of the current Governments of the world esp Aus NZ would understand this.



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