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The World That Trade Created
The World That Trade Created brings to life the history of trade and its actors. In a series
of brief, highly readable vignettes, filled with insights and amazing facts about things
we tend to take for granted, the authors uncover the deep historical roots of economic
Covering over seven hundred years of history, this book, now in its fourth edition,
takes the reader around the world from the history of the opium trade to pirates, to the
building of corporations and migration to the New World. The chapters are grouped
thematically, each featuring an introductory essay designed to synthesize and elaborate
on key themes, both familiar and unfamiliar. It includes ten new essays, on topics ranging
from the early modern ivory and slave trades across the Indian Ocean, to the ways in
which the availability of new consumer goods helped change work habits in both Europe
and East Asia, and from the history of chewing gum to that of rare earth metals.The introductory essays for each chapter, the overall introduction and epilogue, and several of the
essays have also been revised and updated.
The World That Trade Created continues to be a key resource for anyone teaching world
history, world civilization, and the history of international trade.
Kenneth Pomeranz is University Professor in History at the University of Chicago,
USA, and was President of the American Historical Association in 2013–2014.
Steven Topik is Professor of History at UC Irvine, USA, where he has worked since
1984. Previously he taught at Brazil’s Universidade Federal Fluminense and Colgate