The book is titled Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy: Lessons from Medieval Trade and is available online. [link via Henry Farrell of Crooked Timber].
I haven't read it; I guess, given my current backlog, it may be a long time before I get to it. In any event, I record it here just so that I know where to find it when I need it!
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