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Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The surprising story of Britain s economy from the industrial revolution to covid 19

Duncan Weldon

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I Wouldn't Start from Here does for British economic history what Prisoners of Geography did for geopolitics.

The UK is, at the same time, both one of the world's most successful economies and one of Europe's laggards. In terms of GDP per head it is a world leader but productivity levels (even before the last decade) were abysmally low compared to its advanced economy peers. The country contains some of the Europe's richest areas but also some which are more akin to the poorer areas of Southern Europe than the more affluent parts of Germany or France. It's really not much of an exaggeration to describe the UK, in economic terms, as 'Portugal but with Singapore in the bottom corner'.

The Britain that went into recession as the pandemic hit had been shaped by two hundred years of history. In looking at how the British economy developed over the last two centuries, Duncan Weldon explores the choices taken (and not taken) by politicians and businesspeople over the years, and reveals how those choices have shaped the outcomes and futures faced by us all.

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