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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

The gap between rich and poor countries is widening. In this new work, historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations. The answers are found not only in the large forces at work in economies: geography, religion, the broad swings of politics, but also in the small details. In Europe, the invention of spectacles doubled the working life of skilled craftsmen, and played a prominent role in the creation of articulated machines, and in China, the failure to adopt the clock fundamentally hindered economic development. The relief of poverty is vital to the survival of us all. As Landes shows, the key to future success lies in understanding the lessons the past has to teach us.

About the Author

David Landes

David Landes is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Harvard University and retired Professor of History at George Washington University. Landes earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1953 and an A.B. from City College of New York in 1942. His other works include: Revolution in Time, The Unbound Prometheus and Dynasties.