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Introduction: Jan De Vries And His Contributions

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Jan De Vries's largest and possibly best-known book is the massive First Modern Economy co-authored with the late Ad van der Woude. A decade and a half later-much too long a wait, many felt-de Vries published his Industrious Revolution book. Economic progress before the Industrial Revolution is alive and well in the hands of custodians such as Jan de Vries. De Vries scholarship has rarely been revolutionary, and there are few instances of him dismissing others' work in order to draw attention to his own. His research combines the skills of the quantitative economic historians with the patience and diligence of the professional historian, the ultimate successful marriage of the archive and the computer. This book honors an intellectual and scholarly giant who has done a huge amount to keep economic history a respectable discipline.

Keywords: First Modern Economy; industrial revolution; Jan De Vries



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