Conquest, Tribute, and Trade: The Quest for Precious Metals and the Birth of Globalization

Conquest, Tribute, and Trade: The Quest for Precious Metals and the Birth of Globalization

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by Howard J. Erlichman
     
 

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This engrossing popular history makes many intriguing connections between sources of economic wealth and the rise of empires, showing that the forces of globalization have been five centuries in the making.See more details below

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This engrossing popular history makes many intriguing connections between sources of economic wealth and the rise of empires, showing that the forces of globalization have been five centuries in the making.

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"Erlichman has written a quite fascinating popular history of the role played by the overseas expansion of the Iberian nations in the sixteenth century. Conquest, Tribute, and Trade is a well-researched and well-told saga of international rivalries between the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Ottoman empires, the international search for minerals, and the sometimes unexpected similarities between then and now."
—Stanley Engerman, John H. Munro Professor of Economics and professor of history, University of Rochester

"A fascinating account of the attempts of Portugal and Spain to find a new route to the spice markets of the Indies after Muslims had taken control of the overland avenues through the eastern Mediterranean; the inadvertent discovery of gold and silver in the Americas; the consequences of massive inflows of wealth on nascent European politics; and the ultimate emergence of a new world economy centered in Amsterdam…. All in all, informative, full of new insights, and an enjoyable read."
—Brian J. L. Berry, Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and dean of the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616142117
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
1,410,140
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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Brian J. L. Berry
"Conquest, Tribute, and Trade is a fascinating account of the attempts of Portugal and Spain to find a new route to the spice markets of the Indies after Muslims had taken control of the overland avenues through the eastern Mediterranean; the inadvertent discovery of gold and silver in the Americas; the consequences of massive inflows of wealth on nascent European politics; and the ultimate emergence of a new world economy centered in Amsterdam. Erlichman links the adventurers who invaded and overthrew the previously unknown empires of the Americas to the flows of precious metals that funded military expansion, induced inflationary cycles in Iberia, developed modern banking, and ultimately, gave birth to globalization in an Amsterdam-centered, sixteenth-century world economy. He is a master weaver who draws together disparate threads into a tightly woven narrative that makes clear the complex patterns of interdependencies over time and space. All in all, informative, full of new insights, and an enjoyable read." --(Brian J. L. Berry, Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and dean of the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas)
Stanley Engerman
"Drawing upon his successful business career dealing with globalization and multinational corporations, Howard J. Erlichman has written a quite fascinating popular history of the role played by the overseas expansion of the Iberian nations in the sixteenth century. Conquest, Tribute, and Trade is a well-researched and well-told saga of international rivalries between the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Ottoman empires, the international search for minerals, and the sometimes unexpected similarities between then and now." --(Stanley Engerman, John H. Munro Professor of Economics and professor of history, University of Rochester)

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