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David Saul Landes (April 29, 1924 – August 17, 2013) was a professor of economics and of history at Harvard University.[1] He is the author of Bankers and Pashas, Revolution in Time, The Unbound Prometheus, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, and Dynasties.[2] Such works have received both praise for detailed retelling of economic history, as well as scorn on charges of Eurocentrism, a charge he openly embraced, arguing that an explanation for an economic miracle that happened originally only in Europe must of necessity be a Eurocentric analysis.

David S. Landes
Born(1924-04-29)April 29, 1924
DiedAugust 17, 2013(2013-08-17) (aged 89)
Haverford, Pennsylvania
NationalityUnited States
InstitutionHarvard University
FieldEconomic History
Alma materHarvard University
City College of New York
AwardsDocteur honoris causa, Université de Lille, France, 1973
Docteur ès Sciences économiques et sociales, honoris causa, Université de Genève, Switzerland, 1990
Doctor, honoris causa, University of Ancona, 1990
Docteur ès Sciences économiques, Université de Neuchâtel, 1991
Docteur honoris causa, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, 1993
Doctor honoris causa, Bard College, 1999
Professor honoris causa, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Jouy-en-Josas, 2000



Landes earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1953 and an A.B. from City College of New York in 1942.[3]

The historian Niall Ferguson called him one of his "most revered mentors".[4]

Landes had a scholarly disagreement with Stephen Marglin over the Industrial Revolution.[citation needed]

His son is Richard Landes, the American historian and author, an associate professor in the Department of History at Boston University.


  • Landes, David S. (2007). Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor. New York: Viking. ISBN 0-670-03338-3.
  • Landes, David S. (1998). The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-04017-8.
  • Landes, David S. (1983). Revolution in Time. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00282-2.
  • Landes, David. S. (1969). The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change and Industrial Development in Western Europe from 1750 to the Present. Cambridge, New York: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-09418-6.
  • Landes, David S., Bankers and Pashas: International Finance and Economic Imperialism in Egypt (1958) [1]

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  1. ^ "David Landes In Memoriam (1924–2013)". Harvard University. August 20, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21.
  2. ^ Morris, Charles (29 October 2006). "Dynasties – By David S. Landes – Books - Review – New York Times". Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  3. ^ Douglas Martin (7 September 2013). "David S. Landes, Historian and Author, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times.
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