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Unformatted text preview: ard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis
September 2, 2009
3 / 19 Van Zanden, Jan Luiten (2003) “Rich and Poor before the Industrial Revolution: A Comparison between Java
And The Netherlands,” Explorations in Economic History,” 40, 1-23. Ian Morris’Index of Social Development
Ian Morris has developed an even more audacious approach to
historical measurement. In his forthcoming book Why the West is
Ahead - For Now he uses historical and archaeological evidence on
four traits to build a historical index of social development. Each trait
can score a maximum of 250 points and he uses contemporary data
to normalize past data.
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Urbanism’- the size of the largest known settlement in east and west
at each moment in time. In 2000 CE, Tokyo was the world’ biggest
city, with about 26.7 million residents. Tokyo, then, scores the full 250
points, meaning that for all other calculations it will take 106,800
people (that is, 26.7 million...
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