The Invention of Enterprise

Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times

Release date: March 2010

Whether hailed as heroes or cast as threats to social order, entrepreneurs—and their innovations—have had an enormous influence on the growth and prosperity of nations. The Invention of Enterprise gathers together, for the first time, leading economic historians to explore the entrepreneur's role in society from antiquity to the present. 

Addressing social and institutional influences from a historical context, each chapter examines entrepreneurship during a particular period and in an important geographic location. 

The book is filled with past examples and events that provide lessons for promoting and successfully pursuing contemporary entrepreneurship as a means of contributing to the welfare of society. 

The Invention of Enterprise lays out a definitive picture for all who seek an understanding of innovation's central place in our world.

David S. Landes is the Coolidge Professor of History and professor emeritus of economics at Harvard University. 

Joel Mokyr is the Robert Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics and history at Northwestern University. 

William J. Baumol is the Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship at New York University's Stern School of Business.

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