Age of Invention: Sugar, Saltpetre, and All …

Welcome to my newsletter, Age of Invention, on the causes of the British Industrial Revolution and the history of innovation. You can subscribe here: As I noted last week, the sixteenth-century Saadi Empire in Morocco was a flourishing centre of trade and industry — an apparent efflorescence of economic growth that has largely escaped the notice of economic historians. So this week I’ve been researching its rise and fall, in the process noticing a surprising connection to England. It seems to have had a major part to play in Morocco’s rise to prominence, as well as vice versa.

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