Giving Dutch History Its Due with Jonathan Scott

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 19 April 2024 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Scott about his book How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution 1500–1800. Discusses the pivotal role the Netherlands played in the development of the modern world, how the Netherlands’ geography played a crucial role in its rise to dominance in the 17th century, why that power eventually shifted to favour England, and how the Anglo-Dutch influence has permeated throughout history.

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Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson on Slavery, Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution

New Books in Economic and Business History | 4 October 2023 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson about their book Slavery, Capitalism, and the Industrial Revolution. Discusses the role of slavery in the making of Britain’s industrial revolution and argues that slavery is inextricably linked to Western capitalism and that many of us continue to benefit from slavery to this day.

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Jeremy Black on Why the Industrial Revolution Happened in Britain

New Books in Economic and Business History | 26 August 2023 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jeremy Black about his book Why the Industrial Revolution Happened in Britain. Discusses the factors behind the Industrial Revolution: coal and steam; entrepreneurs; consumerism, fashion and an ability to purchase goods; parliamentary government, the rule of law, a society open to talent, and no internal tariff boundaries; and factors combining to produce vital synergies.

See also other interviews on the Industrial Revolution.

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Progress, Petroleum, and the Future with Brad Harris

Narratives w/Will Jarvis | 23 August 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad Harris discussing the story of the industrial revolution and how petroleum has been important for the development of humanity.

Brad Harris used to publish one of my favourite podcasts, Context with Brad Harris, which considered the historical forces behind humanity’s progress.


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Combining Science and Technology for Growth feat. Joel Mokyr

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 24 February 2023 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Joel Mokyr about his book A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy. Discusses how science and technology evolved in ways that reinforced each other; the connections between the industrial and scientific revolutions and between scientific discovery and technological adaptation; the decline of the guilds in England and the subsequent diffusion of English artisans and mechanics across Europe; and more.


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Kenneth Pomeranz on The Great Divergence

Scientific Sense | 19 November 2021 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kenneth Pomeranz about his book The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Considers why sustained industrial growth got started in Northwest Europe. Backgrounds that living standards were similar in Europe and East Asia as late as 1750. Argues that the fortuitous location of British coal combined with New World primary products to catalyse population growth and specialisation in manufacturing.

I recommend the Five Books interview with Davis Kedrosky on the best books about The Great Divergence (and his Substack).

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Duncan Weldon on Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through

Tides of History | 9 September 2021 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Duncan Weldon about his book Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The Surprising Story of Britain’s Economy from Boom to Bust and Back Again. Discusses the Industrial Revolution, why it started in Britain, and the trajectory of the British economy over the past two centuries.

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Explaining Economic Growth ft. Joel Mokyr

The Neoliberal Podcast | 30 November 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Joel Mokyr discussing why some countries are rich and some countries poor, and how rich countries became rich in the first place. Covers why the Industrial Revolution happened in England; how political fragmentation lead to the flourishing of innovations; lessons from the Republic of Letters; and what this teaches us about promoting economic growth today.

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