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Economic history: ideas that built the world

Liberalism made us brave, bold—and rich, argues Deirdre McCloskey

By Deirdre McCloskey   October 2016

The great enrichment: Wentworth Works, file and steel manufacturers and exporters of iron in Sheffield c.1860 ©EVERETT COLLECTION/BRIDGEMAN IMAGES

A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr (Princeton University Press, £24.95)

Joel Mokyr—“moh-keer”—is a Nobel-worthy economic scientist, right down to his wingtip shoes. But he is at the same time a brilliant historical scientist. Economics and history have very different intellectual values. Mokyr combines them…

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