Sheilagh Ogilvie is Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She explores the lives of ordinary people in the past and tries to explain how poor economies get richer and improve human well-being. She has written books about pre-modern industry, women’s work, long-distance trade, and craft guilds. She is currently investigating the economics of serfdom and the role of human capital in European economic growth between 1600 and 1900.
Her most recent book is The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis (Princeton, 2019).
Books by Sheilagh Ogilvie
Interviews with Sheilagh Ogilvie
The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present
by David S. Landes
Growth Recurring: Economic Change in World History
by Eric Jones
The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
by Robert C. Allen
The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700–1850
by Joel Mokyr
Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution to the Financial Crisis
by Nicholas Crafts
The Industrial Revolution transformed the world forever by enabling self-perpetuating economic growth. But historians are still at odds about why the industrial revolution happened where it did and when it did. Here, Sheilagh Ogilvie, Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford, guides us through the debates and why they are still relevant today.