BRIEFLY NOTED: For 2021-07-08 Th

Things that went whizzing by that I want to remember: First: This—Gregory Clark: The Secret History of the Industrial Revolution—is an extremely interesting but ultimately, I think, not fully sustainable paper. In it, Greg Clark does the Greg-thing: taking an unsustainable position, turning all his intelligence and industry to sustaining it, and getting remarkably far.... That last part of the argument may, I think, well be correct: we might well still, today, be in a very impoverished steampunk world. But it is nevertheless the case that the differences in “demand, demography, trade, and geography” made the British Industrial Revolution decisively different than anything that had come before...

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