The World That Trade Created

The World That Trade Created

Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present

Book - 2006 | 2nd ed
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Uses brief case studies connected to seven central topics to discuss the history and creation of the world economy.

& Francis Publishing

Why are railroad tracks separated by the same four feet, eight inches as ancient Roman roads? How did 19th-century Europeans turn mountains of bird excrement from Peru into mountains of gold? Where has most of the world's oil come from in the 20th century? This new edition of "The World That Trade Created" reveals the answers to dozens of tantalizing questions like these. In a series of brief, highly readable vignettes the authors bring to life international trade and its actors - including migrants and merchants, pirates and privateers, sailors and slaves, traders and tree-tappers. In the process they make clear that the seemingly modern concept of economic globalization has deep historical roots. The authors also demonstrate that economic activity cannot be divorced from social and cultural contexts. This second edition provides enhanced coverage of Africa, the Middle East, and the 20th century, and features eighteen new vignettes, including two new pieces on oil.

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Although this work has its origins in the series of "Looking Back" columns penned by the authors (professors of history at the U. of California at Irvine) in the pages of the business magazine World Trade over the course of more than a decade, its treatment of the history and creation of the world economy is unified by a number of central propositions, including a rejection of European prime centrality in the world economy's development, as well as a rejection of "simple-minded anti-imperialism." Their text is constituted of brief illustrative case studies connected to seven central topics: the making of market conventions; the tactics of transport; the economic culture of drugs; commodities in world trade; the economics of violence; making modern markets; and world trade, industrialization, and deindustrialization. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2006
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780765617095
9780765617088 (alk. paper)
0765617080 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 382.09 WOR 2006
Characteristics: xv, 287 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Topik, Steven
Pomeranz, Kenneth

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