World Trade since 1431: Geography, Technology, and Capitalism / Edition 1

World Trade since 1431: Geography, Technology, and Capitalism / Edition 1

by Peter J. Hugill
     
 

Equipped with reliable maps and instruments for open-ocean navigation and highly seaworthy, three-masted, cannon-armed ships, Portugal dominated the Atlantic trade routes—until the diffusion of Portuguese technologies to wealthier polities made Holland the eventual successor, owing to its geographic position and its immense commercial fleet. It is precisely

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Equipped with reliable maps and instruments for open-ocean navigation and highly seaworthy, three-masted, cannon-armed ships, Portugal dominated the Atlantic trade routes—until the diffusion of Portuguese technologies to wealthier polities made Holland the eventual successor, owing to its geographic position and its immense commercial fleet. It is precisely this interplay of technology and geography, argues Peter J. Hugill, that has guided the evolution of the modern global capitalistic system. Tracing the relationship between technology and economy over the past 550 years, Hugill finds that the nations that developed and marketed new technologies best were the nations that rose to world power, while those that held onto outdated technologies fell behind. Moreover, he argues, major changes in transportation and communication technologies actually constituted the moments of transformation from one world economy to another.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801851261
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 9.82(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Geographic Reality in the Development of Capitalism1
Ch. 2Technology and Geography in the Elaboration of Capitalism42
Ch. 3The Triumph of the Ship105
Ch. 4The Problem of Overland Transportation: Canals, Rivers, and Railroads159
Ch. 5The Return to Overland Route Flexibility: Bicycles, Cars, Trucks, and Busses207
Ch. 6Aviation and the First Global System249
Ch. 7World System Theory and Geographic Reality305
References333
World Maps353
General Index359
Index of Proper Names373

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