David Landes

David Saul Landes (April 29, 1924 – August 17, 2013) was a professor of economics and of history at Harvard University. He is the author of Bankers and Pashas, Revolution in Time, The Unbound Prometheus, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, and Dynasties.

Such works have received both praise for detailed retelling of economic history, as well as scorn on charges of Eurocentrism, a charge he openly embraced, arguing that an explanation for an economic miracle that happened originally only in Europe must of necessity be a Eurocentric analysis.

Books in order of publication:

The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. 1969.

Revolution in Time – 1983

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: 1998

Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World’s Great Family Businesses: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor. 2007. New York: Viking.

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