Reflections from Europe | JULY 5, 2004
Editor's Introduction to "Jogging, Not Racing: European Cross-Currents and the Federalist Drift"
This bibliographical essay is David Hart's introduction to Jogging, Not Racing: European Cross-Currents and the Federalist Drift, by Anthony de Jasay.
A number of historians (E.L. Jones, The European Miracle; Nathan Rosenberg and L.E. Birdzell, How the West Grew Rich; and Harold J. Berman, Law and Revolution) have observed that it was precisely such competition between states over tax rates, regulation of commerce, and even entire legal systems which helped trigger the commercial and industrial revolutions in Europe. In other parts of the world, where unitary Empires and not rivalrous states were the norm, such economic transformation did not take place. It seems that the new “federal” Europe is on its way to becoming another Empire.
E.L. Jones, The European Miracle: Environments, Economies, and Geopolitics in the History of Europe and Asia (Cambridge University Press, 1987).
Nathan Rosenberg and L.E. Birdzell, How the West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation of the Industrial World (New York: Basic Books, 1986).
Harold J. Berman, Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition (Harvard University Press, 1983).