A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
ISBN: 0802144160
EAN13: 9780802144164
Language: English
Pages: 496
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A sweeping narrative history of world trade--from Sumer in 3000 BC to the firestorm over globalization today--that brilliantly explores trade's colorful and contentious past and provides fresh insights into social, political, cultural, and economic history, as well as a timely assessment of trade's future.

Adam Smith wrote that man has an intrinsic propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another. But how did trade evolve to the point where we don't think twice about biting into an apple from the other side of the world?

In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. He transports readers from ancient sailing ships that brought the silk trade from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly in spices in the sixteenth; from the rush for sugar that brought the British to Jamaica in 1655 to the American trade battles of the early twentieth century; from key innovations such as steam, steel, and refrigeration to the modern era of televisions from Taiwan, lettuce from Mexico, and T-shirts from China.

Along the way, Bernstein examines how our age-old dependency on trade has contributed to our planet's agricultural bounty, stimulated intellectual progress, and made us Read More chevron_right

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