You're reading Great Transformations, a newsletter about economic history and the origins of historical development. I'm interested in how pre-industrial societies made the transition toward modern economic growth, and why some have been much more successful than others.
As a subscriber, you can expect regular essays on various topics in global economic history, especially and unabashedly on Britain—the holy land of industrialization. I'm an economic historian by trade, which means a quantitative perspective on the past, a focus on material outcomes, and an embrace of models and data. But I'll do my best to keep the research intelligible—if it wasn't fun at some level, I wouldn't be doing this—and embrace the beauty and mystery of the historical narrative. Think Fernand Braudel, but bad.
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