Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World

Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World

Starting 300 years ago, the merchants of England and Holland led the world out of universal primitive poverty and into the many-thousand-fold growth that birthed the modern world. But what was different about that time and place? And what was it about their innovation-driven rise in productivity of the ordinary person that the reactionary tax-eaters could not stop, as they had done in the Abbasid Muslim world, Ming China and Renaissance Italy?