-----Original Message----- From: Francisco Louçã [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 22 March 2001 12:02 To: email@example.com Subject: new book (please forward this to whom you may intend) Dear colleagues, This is to announce the publication of a new book AS TIME GOES BY - From the Industrial Revolutions to the Information Revolution by Chris Freeman and Francisco Louca Oxford University Press, 2001 The book (405 pages) includes two main parts: (1) History and Economics (a discussion of evolutionary perspectives on economic history, and a critique of cliometrics); (2) The sucessive industrial revolutions (a detailed research on the major mutations in contemporary economic history). Words of presentation: David Landes ...a true story has to make sense, to be plausible and persuasive. Cleverness is less useful than sense and sensibility. The inability to see this, to avoid showing off, has been the death of more than one pyrotechnic schema. This book is testemony to knowledge and good sense. Such virtues are rare and that much more valuable. Richard Nelson Tha authors intend this "reasoned history" as a theory of economic growth, and certainly their description and analysis sheds light on phenomena of central importance to the economic growth we have experienced that more standard economic growth does not even see. Readers of this book have a fascinating adventure in store for them. Eric Hobsbawm This major contribution to economic history is the most impressive and convincing attempt I know to apply the concept of "long waves", a basic rhythm of historical development in the era of capitalism, to the entire stretch from eighteenth-century Lancashire to twenty-first-century Sillicon Valley. It is also a call for economic history to escape from the handcuffs of narrow retorspective econometrics to the freedom of its vocation: understanding and explaining secular historical transformation.
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