The medieval cultural and political origins of the industrial revolution

Open Science Journal

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Title The medieval cultural and political origins of the industrial revolution
 
Creator Romeiro, Ademar Ribeiro
 
Subject History Economic History
Middle Ages and Economic Growth; Culture/politics and innovations; Rule of Law; Individualism; Democratic governance
 
Description This article argues that cultural and political legacies from the Middle Ages were crucial for the sustained economic growth that led to the Industrial Revolution. The medieval social/political orders had an exceptional openness to innovations (technological, organizational and institutional) when compared to other contemporary civilizations. Such openness was caused by the competition between them, as well as by the existence of multiple organizations independent from the State. The emergence of national states changed the medieval scenario but a legacy of some of its important cultural/institutional features remained and played a decisive role in the forthcoming Industrial Revolution: the Rule of Law, individualism, representative assemblies, the respect for labor and professions (notably the merchants) and the embryo of a culture of economic growth. Also, the legacy of a process of accumulation of capital, which was translated into a superior level of labor productivity when compared to those prevailing in any other civilization until that moment.
 
Publisher Open Science Journal
 
Contributor Brazilian National Council for Scientific Development - CNPq
 
Date 2020-05-04
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://osjournal.org/ojs/index.php/OSJ/article/view/2305
10.23954/osj.v5i2.2305
 
Source Open Science Journal; Vol 5, No 2 (2020): Open Science Journal
2466-4308
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://osjournal.org/ojs/index.php/OSJ/article/view/2305/272
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Open Science Journal
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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