The Industrial Revolution

  • πŸ“– Walter Scheidel (2019), Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity.

  • Jane Humphries and Benjamin Schneider (2019), Spinning the industrial revolution.

  • Anton Howes (2017), The Relevance of Skills to Innovation during the British Industrial Revolution, 1547-1851.

  • πŸ“– Joel Mokyr (2016), A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy.

  • Morgan Kelly et al. (2014), Precocious Albion: A New Interpretation of the British Industrial Revolution.

  • πŸ“– Deirdre N. McCloskey (2010), Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World.

  • Nicholas Crafts (2010), Explaining the First Industrial Revolution: Two Views.

  • πŸ“– Robert C. Allen (2009), The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective.

The Great Divergence

  • πŸ“– Jared Rubin (2017), Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not.

  • Chiu Yu Ko et al. (2014), Unified China and Divided Europe.


  • Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama (2016), States and economic growth: Capacity and constraints.

  • Mark Dincecco (2015), The Rise of Effective States in Europe.

Institutional Development

  • πŸ“– Sheilagh Ogilvie (2019), The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis.

  • πŸ“– Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama (2019), Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom.

  • Jonathan F. Schulz (2017), Why Europe? The Church, Kin-Networks and Institutional Development.

  • Sheilagh Ogilvie and A.W. Carus (2014), Institutions and Economic Growth in Historical Perspective.

  • Nathan Nunn, (2009), The Importance of History for Economic Development.

History of Technology

  • πŸ“– Carl Benedikt Frey (2019), The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation.

  • 🌐 Gwern (2018), Origins of Innovation: Bakewell & Breeding.

  • πŸ“– Vaclav Smil (2005), Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact.

  • πŸ“– William H. McNeill (1982), The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000.


  • Sascha O. Becker et al. (2016), Causes and Consequences of the Protestant Reformation.

  • πŸ“– Stephen Broadberry et al. (2015), British Economic Growth 1270-1870.

  • Roger Fouquet and Stephen Broadberry (2015), Seven Centuries of European Economic Growth and Decline.


  • πŸ“– Angus Maddison (2007), Chinese Economic Performance in the Long Run: 960-2030 AD.

The Scientific Revolution

  • Paul A. David (2008), The Historical Origins of β€˜Open Science’: An Essay on Patronage, Reputation and Common Agency Contracting in the Scientific Revolution