Joanna Crosby on Apples and Orchards Since the Eighteenth Century

New Books in Economic and Business History | 5 March 2024 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Joanna Crosby about her book Apples and Orchards since the Eighteenth Century: Material Innovation and Cultural Tradition. Backgrounds the technological innovation in fruit production and orchard management that resulted in new varieties of apples. Discusses how apples and orchards have reflected the social, economic and cultural landscape of their times.

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Timothy Brook on The Price of Collapse

New Books in Economic and Business History | 4 January 2024 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Timothy Brook about his book The Price of Collapse: The Little Ice Age and the Fall of Ming China. Argues that environmental disaster sparked the fall of the Ming Dynasty. Discusses inflation in Ming China, how it connects to climate change, and how short-term environmental shocks can cause a market to break down.

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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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David Courtwright on The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business

New Books in Economic and Business History | 26 December 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Courtwright about his book The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business. Discusses “limbic capitalism” – the commodification of vice by competitive businesses targeting the brain pathways responsible for feeling, motivation, and long-term memory.

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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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