Why it’s necessary to read Robert C. Allen: Global Economy History: A Very Short Introduction [1]

By Guillaume Daudin (Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine, Researcher with the OFCE)

Robert C. Allen (born in 1947) has been Professor of Economic History at Oxford University since 2002. He defended his PhD thesis in 1975 at Harvard University. He has worked on a wide variety of topics and has received numerous awards for his publications. In 2009, his The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective was named Book of the Year by The Economist and the Times Literary Supplement. His research has focused on many aspects of the economic history of development: real wages, advances in agriculture, the sources of technical progress, the impact of imperialism, and sustainable development. He has been a key figure in the debate over the origin of divergences in development within Europe: he defends a unique position that stresses the importance of the material base (in Marx’s sense) and of political choices rather than of the rest of the superstructure (culture, institutions, laws, etc.). Continue reading “Why it’s necessary to read Robert C. Allen: Global Economy History: A Very Short Introduction [1]”

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