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A Farewell to Alms by Gregory Clark
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Mar 12, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 12 to June 08, 2010

A fascinating and provocative read. The book is dogged, heavy on evidence, and conceptually challenging. I am not sure that Clark's conclusions are right, but they are certainly worth wrestling with. In particular, the outline of history into a pre and post-Malthusian era, the emphasis on the startling revolution of the Industrial Revolution, and the exploration of the cause of that revolution, and, indeed, his thesis that it has been largely mislabeled all are difficult yet worthwhile subjects. Not an easy read, or even necessarily enjoyable, but certainly intellectually stimulating.

Nota bene: My main criticism would be the absence of any consideration of the importance of European culture particularly around the Scientific Revolution. This signal transformation seems more real and more important than Clark seems to give it credit for.
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