I’ve become engrossed this week by a book written in 1638, by the merchant Lewes Roberts — The Marchant’s Mappe of Commerce. It is, in effect, a guide …
It’s been another productive week of book-writing for me, largely incorporating many of the last few posts I’ve been sharing with you on the history of…
Something significant happened to the English countryside in the century before 1650. Although England’s population merely recovered to its pre-Black D…
As I set out last week, I’ve been investigating the sources of Britain’s extraordinary ability to feed its own structural transformation. From a predom…
Whatever happened to “the Agricultural Revolution” of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain? In recent years I’ve hardly seen the term used at all…
Commons Misconceptions
As regular readers will know, my main thesis about the causes of Britain’s acceleration of innovation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is th…
This is the second edition of Golden Age of Invention, the new fortnightly series of the newsletter for patrons of my work. If you missed the last one,…
Why, before the eighteenth century, were there no Arabic-character printing presses in the Ottoman Empire?
Welcome to the very first edition of Age of Invention specifically for you, the people who support my research. Thank you. It seemed both fitting and f…
 I’ve become interested in the question of when, and why, some countries don’t adopt the technologies of their near-neighbours — especially when they h…
One of the things I’ve been looking into lately is the maritime technology of the late sixteenth century. This is because I think it’s a crucial piece …