Despite an enormous literature (and maybe because of it), there is little consensus as to why Britain was the first economy to experience the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century, and what singled it out to become the technological and economic leader of Europe for over a century.
Name: The British Academy,
Institution: The British Academy
After a brief survey of the existing literature, the opinions of contemporaries on the matter will be presented, and shown to be more consistent with the evidence than the explanations of modern scholars.
Professor Joel Mokyr FBA, Robert H Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University
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