The Conquest of Nature: A Brief Economic History of the World, 10,000 BC-2000 AD


Gregory Clark, Department of Economics, UC-Davis



1.         Introduction



The Malthusian Trap Economic Life to 1800


2.         The Logic of the Malthusian Economy

3.         Living Standards

4.         Fertility

5.         Mortality

6.         Technological Change in the Malthusian Era

7.         Economic Change before 1800


The Industrial Revolution - Breaking the Chains

8.         Explaining Modern Growth

9.         The Problem of the Industrial Revolution

10.       The Industrial Revolution in England

11.       The Social Consequences of the Industrial Revolution



The Great Divergence

12.       The Great Divergence World Economic Growth since 1800

13.       The Proximate Sources of Divergence

14.       Explaining Divergence