A Concise Economic History of the World: From Paleolithic Times to the Present

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The third edition of this highly successful text takes a broad look at the world's economic history from pre-historic times to the present. Placing contemporary world economy in historical perspective, it explores the critical reasons why some nations have become rich while others failed. The author expands coverage of the EEC, now the European Union, and extensively restructures his work on the non-Western world in light of recent scholarship. He also gives special attention to developments in the former Soviet ...
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Overview

The third edition of this highly successful text takes a broad look at the world's economic history from pre-historic times to the present. Placing contemporary world economy in historical perspective, it explores the critical reasons why some nations have become rich while others failed. The author expands coverage of the EEC, now the European Union, and extensively restructures his work on the non-Western world in light of recent scholarship. He also gives special attention to developments in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Now available in 11 languages, including Spanish (second edition), French, German (2 volumes), Polish, and Chinese, this uniquely comprehensive text remains an invaluable, lively, and accessible text for both undergraduate and graduate students of European economic history and world development.
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Praise for previous editions:

"I have long been an admirer of Professor Cameron's published scholarship. The topics he addresses are important and he writes with remarkable clarity and grace. The level of presentation is perfect for an undergraduate audience."—Michael Moohr, Bucknell University

"This book fits well with an undergraduate course in European or World Economic history. The text is strongest in describing national rivalries and why nations rose and fell."—Daniel R. Shiman, State University of New York at Oswego

"I am now even happier that I have consistently assigned (this book) in my classes. Cameron's interpretations of events always seem to me both sensible and consistent."—Richard N. Langlois, University of Connecticut

"A tour de force.... Manages to pack an astonishing wealth of detail on many topics, from the manorial system to the recovery and integration of Western Europe after World War II....Learned, lucid, readable, and appositely illustrated."—Journal of Economic Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195127041
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Emory University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
1 Introduction: Economic History and Economic Development 3
2 Economic Development in Ancient Times 20
3 Economic Development in Medieval Europe 44
4 Non-Western Economies on the Eve of Western Expansion 77
5 Europe's Second Logistic 94
6 Economic Nationalism and Imperialism 128
7 The Dawn of Modern Industry 160
8 Economic Development in the Nineteenth Century: Basic Determinants 187
9 Patterns of Development: The Early Industrializers 219
10 Patterns of Development: Latecomers and No-Shows 244
11 Strategic Sectors 270
12 The Growth of the World Economy 290
13 Overview of the World Economy in the Twentieth Century 317
14 International Economic Disintegration 339
15 Rebuilding the World Economy, 1945-73 362
16 The World Economy at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century 387
Annotated Bibliography 403
Index 437
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