Dear Prof. McCloskey,
Sorry for writing a rather tedious email but I am going nuts trying to find a chapter by you that I read about ten years ago. Possibly the chapter itself is much older than ten years. It begins with an extremely long duree look at the significance of the industrial revolution, placing it in the context of 2000 (5000?) years of western history. It ends with a discussion of how economic historians would do well to turn to Smith’s argument about persuasion. Considering your recent output, this chpate rmust be rather old. Anyway, if you have any clue what I am on about, then I’d much appreciate a reference.
I met you briefly in Canberra in 1996 as I was a student assistant at the Nicol Smith Conference. I remember you with deep admiration – it was such a momentous time for you.