A Concise Economic History of the World: From Paleolithic Times to the Present / Edition 4

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This classic book offers a broad sweep of economic history from prehistoric times to the present and explores the disparity of wealth among nations. Now in its fourth edition, A Concise Economic History of the World has been updated to reflect the stunning changes in the world economy since 1989. Truly a definitive history of globalization, the new edition has been expanded to include coverage of the most recent developments in the European Union, East Asia, and, in general, transition economies. Comprehensive and global in scope, this concise text features ample illustrations and a fully updated annotated bibliography that guides readers to the relevant scholarly literature. Now available in eleven languages, including Spanish (second edition), French, German (two volumes), Polish, and Chinese, this unique work remains an invaluable, lively, and accessible text for both undergraduate and graduate students of European economic history, the history of globalization, 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: 9780195127058
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 380,068
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (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
1. Introduction: Economic History and Economic Development
Development and Underdevelopment
Growth, Development, and Progress
Determinants of Economic Development
Production and Productivity
Economic Structure and Structural Change
The Logistics of Economic Growth
2. Economic Development in Ancient Times
Economics and the Emergence of Civilization
The Economic Foundations of Empire
Trade and Development in the Mediterranean World
Economic Achievements and Limits of Ancient Civilization
3. Economic Development in Medieval Europe
The Agrarian Basis
Rural Society
Patterns of Stability
Forces of Change
Europe Expands
The Revival of Urban Life
Commercial Currents and Techniques
Industrial Technology and the Origins of Mechanical Power
The Crisis of the Medieval Economy
4. Non-Western Economies on the Eve of Western Expansion
The World of Islam
The Ottoman Empire
East Asia
South Asia
The Americas
5. Europe's Second Logistic
Population and Levels of Living
Exploration and Discovery
Overseas Expansion and the Feedback to Europe
The Price Revolution
Agricultural Technology and Productivity
Industrial Technology and Productivity
Trade, Trade Routes, and Commercial Organization
6. Economic Nationalism and Imperialism
Mercantilism: A Misnomer
The Common Elements
Spain and Spanish America
Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe
Colbertism in France
The Prodigious Increase of the Netherlands
"Parliamentary Colbertism" in Britain
7. The Dawn of Modern Industry
Characteristics of Modern Industry
The Industrial Revolution: A Misnomer
Prerequisites and Concomitants of Industrialization
Industrial Technology and Innovation
Regional Variation
Social Aspects of Early Industrialization
8. Economic Development in the Nineteenth Century: Basic Determinants
The Development and Diffusion of Technology
Prime Movers and Power Production
Cheap Steel
Transport and Communications
The Application of Science
The Institutional Framework
Legal Foundations
Economic Thought and Policy
Class Structure and Class Struggles
Education and Literacy
International Relations
9. Patterns of Development: The Early Industrializers
Great Britain
The United States
10. Patterns of Development: Latecomers and No-Shows
The Netherlands and Scandinavia
The Austro-Hungarian Empire
Southern and Eastern Europe
The Iberian Peninsula
Southeastern Europe
Imperial Russia
11. Strategic Sectors
Finance and Banking
The Role of the State
12. The Growth of the World Economy
Britain Opts for Free Trade
The Free Trade Era
The "Great Depression" and the Return to Protection
The International Gold Standard
International Migration and Investment
The Revival of Western Imperialism
Explanations of Imperialism
13. Overview of the World Economy in the Twentieth Century
International Relations
The Role of Government
The Forms of Enterprise
Organized Labor
Informal Institutions
14. International Economic Disintegration
The Economic Consequences of World War I
Economic Consequences of the Peace
The Great Contraction, 1929-33
Rival Attempts at Reconstruction
The Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Union
Economic Aspects of World War II
15. Rebuilding the World Economy
Planning for the Postwar Economy
The Marshall Plan and Economic "Miracles"
The Era of High Growth
The Emergence of the Soviet Bloc
The Economics of Decolonization
The Travails of the Third World
The Origins of the European Union
16. The World Economy at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
The Collapse of the Soviet Bloc
The Evolution of the European Union
Limits to Growth?
Annotated Bibliography

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