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The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present / Edition 2
     

The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present / Edition 2

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by Steven Topik, Kenneth Pomeranz
 

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ISBN-10: 0765617099

ISBN-13: 9780765617095

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780765617095
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
Sources and Studies in World History Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Section 1. The Making of Market Conventions; Section 2. The Tactics of Transport; Section 3. The Economic Culture of Drugs; Section 4. Transplanting: Commodities in World Trade; Section 5. The Economics of Violence; Section 6. Making Modern Markets; Section 7. World Trade, Industrialization, and De-Industrialization; Epilogue: The World Economy in the 21st Century; Maps; Bibliography; Index.

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The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
eamaddox More than 1 year ago
I am very pleased with this selection as my AP World History Summer read. The "World That Trade Created" was a perfect introduction for my students into Advance Placement. This novel will give my students a better understanding of world trade movements, and also movements of people, ideas and cultures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a history teacher and author ('American Lives: Living American History') who has begun to use this book in a world civilizations class. Students seem to hold onto the details and the chapters provide good fodder for in-class discussions. I would recommend this to general readers and to professors looking for something to use in the classroom.
Old_Timer_37 More than 1 year ago
The title is the least interesting thing about this book by Kenneth Pomeranz and Steven Topik, professors of History at UC Irvine and two people who know how to tell fascinating stories. It is a wonderful collection of historical vignettes about the global trade that shaped our world; short stories that form brightly colored threads woven into an impressionistic and painfully realistic tapestry of our global economic system. The modern world we know and love emerges brightly in the foreground with its prospering advanced societies, abundant and varied foods, and self-congratulatory cultural myths about how we earned it with open markets and free trade. But in the darker background, formed by the same threads, are pictures of poverty, slavery, drug addiction, and desolation wrought by economic winners onto economic losers usually through government sponsored monopolies, force and intimidation. The World that Trade Created is a world in which we have learned how to trade with strangers, a world powered as much by drugs, greed, force of arms and dumb luck as by wind, water, coal and oil. It is a world largely built by indentured servants and slaves: mainly native slaves in the silver, gold and copper mines of Central and South America and African slaves in cotton, sugar, rubber and coffee plantations around the globe. It is a world in which the majority of slave holders and slave traders were members of Christian churches; Dutch Calvinists, Portuguese and Spanish Catholics, as well as British and American Protestants, people and church leaders who successfully rationalized their religious beliefs to support a pernicious practice that made them wealthy. It is a world in which "Marco Polo claimed that public safety and commercial honesty were far better maintained in China than in Europe; without Christianity as the basis for morals" ?a claim that undermined his credibility and didn't win him any friends. A world where, in Southeast Asia, women controlled businesses and inherited wealth until the European males came and, over a century or two, used Christianity and the law to put women in their place. It is a world in which pirate captains were elected by and led at the will of their crews ?and consequently were usually more capable and more loyally served than the captains of the merchant ships they faced and the Navies that hunted them down. The World that Trade Created is a world cobbled together and evolved from various pieces and cultures, not one engineered to a central plan. In that respect it is much like the human brain which produced it. Both are works in process, each one acting on the other's evolutionary development. Anyone who is even slightly interested in how our world or our nation reached its present condition should read this book. It demolishes myths including the one that "Christopher Columbus knew the world was round while everyone else thought it was flat" ? in reality, he was repeatedly rejected, until Isabella, because most of the educated people knew the world was round and probably about 25,000 miles in diameter, therefore China and India were out of range for ships sailing west from Europe. Columbus incorrectly thought the world was much smaller and died still clinging to this belief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was forced to read this book for school and did not like it all that much. But wasn't that bad........NOT. ;(
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty fair from my view point. I guess I had to like it alittle because its required for school yet it's like the book suffers from multiple personalities. I can now say now I respect the Ottoman empire 'sort of'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely dry and boring book! I have to read it for my AP Global class and I wish I didn't have to! The only reason it deserves two stars is because each of the sections of the chapters are short so it is easy to schedule out how fast to read the excuse of a book. But other than dull trade and how, where, and why it happened, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE! Do not read it unless you must for a class.