“More”, by The Economist’s Bartleby columnist, is an entertaining chronicle of ten millennia of economic history

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More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy. By Philip Coggan. Profile Books; 480 pages; £25. To be published in America by Hachette in March as “More: A History of the World Economy from the Iron Age to the Information Age”; $30

ECONOMIC HISTORIES rarely make for a cheering read. Different eras tend to be punctuated by crises, from the South Sea bubble to tulipmania to the oil shocks of the 1970s to the global financial crisis of 2007-09. Even the more obviously good news events involve a certain ambivalence. The dark satanic mills of

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