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Before the Industrial Revolution

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During the seven hundred years before the Industrial Revolution, the preconditions for Europe's transformation from a backward agrarian society to a powerful industrialized society were established. An economic historian of international reputation, Carlo M. Cipolla explores the process that made this transformation possible. In so doing, he sheds light not only on the eco ...more
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Published November 18th 1993 by Routledge (first published 1974)
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L'ho letto solo perché avevo adorato Allegro ma non troppo. Con Le leggi fondamentali della stupidità umana. Così sono andata a recuperare qualche altro libro dell'autore.

Ho fatto un corso di Storia Economica all'uni e mi era piaciuto parecchio. Il prof, Bruno Polese, era fantastico. Poi, dicono che si sia incarognito ma io ho dei bellissimi ricordi delle sue lezioni.

Digressioni a parte. La prima parte del libro, quella prettamente economica è stata forse un po' pesante da leggere ma c'erano un
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La forgia da cui è nata l'Europa odierna illustrata in maniera chiara, accessibile, esauriente.

Il libro è interessantissimo, un grande saggio storico incentrato sull'evoluzione dell'economia europea nei secoli che vanno dal 1000 al 1700, prima dell'avvento della fatidica Rivoluzione Industriale. Ricchissimo di dati e tabelle che danno sostanza ai ragionamenti, mai banali e ricchissimi di spunti, mostra come l'evoluzione storica sia frutto di un numero elevatissimo di fattori, alcuni prevedibili,
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David Robertus
Aug 17, 2015 David Robertus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent piece of research, analysis and insight by Cipolla. Considering he takes a scope of hundreds of years through an area with little hard evidence for the earlier time frames, this is an astoundingly concinving read. The later time frames, post 1450 or so, with better records and documentaion, are particularly well done. His analysis of the ride of the Low Countries and England around the time of the fall of Italy as a major manufacturing center is less convincing than more recent ...more
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Mar 07, 2016 Clusinsss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto questo libro per motivi accademici. Premetto che storia non è il cardine del mio corso di laurea e che quindi mi sono avvicinata al libro con perplessità e pregiudizi. Mi sono dovuta ricredere, sono stati una lettura e uno studio piacevoli, grazie a uno stile molto narrativo e scorrevole. Tutto il libro è condito da aneddoti storici che non conoscevo e che ogni volta mi facevano esclamare "ma dai, non lo sapevo!".
Consiglio quindi il libro a chiunque sia interessato al tema o sia semplic
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Carrie
May 01, 2014 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fascinating look at economy in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reofrmation. Not only did it look at the economy and the ways it shifted in this 700 year period, but it discusses the very early stages of what became the Industrial Revolution, making a great case for saying that without these 700 years, the Industrial Revolution could not have emerged. Great read for grads, a bit heady for undergrads, but overall excellent.
Makomai
Analitico senza essere pedante. Arguto senza essere superficiale. Intelligente senza essere noioso.
Con Armi, acciaio e malattie di Diamond e La ricchezza e la poverta’ delle nazioni di Landes forma una trilogia perfetta.
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Carlo M. Cipolla (August 15, 1922 – September 5, 2000) was an Italian economic historian. He was born in Pavia, where he got his academic degree in 1944.
As a young man, Cipolla wanted to teach history and philosophy in an Italian high school, and therefore enrolled at the political science faculty at Pavia University. Whilst a student there, thanks to professor Franco Borlandi, a specialist in Med
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