History of World Trade Since 1450, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028660706
  • ISBN-13: 9780028660707
  • DDC: 382.09
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 905 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released December 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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Trade has always been a defining factor in world history and the History of World Trade since 1450 illustrates this continuity in more than 400 articles, making the work essential to students interested in the great industrial and commercial expansion of the 19th and 20th centuries, world history surveys, American history and economics. The two-volume set also answers public library users' questions about historical and commercial concepts.

History of World Trade since 1450 starts at a year regarded as the beginning of the Age of Exploration and examines how the hunt for new resources and markets during that period resulted in the establishment of colonies in Africa, the Americas and Asia. The set looks at the Industrial Revolution, the rise of capitalism and the effects of imperialism on the global economy. Significant countries, cities, and ports are highlighted, as well as the role of selected individuals and families that shaped history through business. Articles on commodities like petroleum, gold, sugar and tobacco, provide a view of both the past and the present by demonstrating how commerce altered regional economies and cultures. The work also offers definitions and examples of economic concepts such as monopoly, joint-stock company and capital flows, within a historical context. History of World Trade since 1450 is richly illustrated and incorporates suggestions for additional reading, a glossary of terms and primary source documents.

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"Intended for general readers with a high school or college-level education, this encyclopedia presents some 400 alphabetical entries, ranging in length from 200 to 3,000 words each, that provide information on the expansion of world trade since 1450 and its impacts upon the world. Presented by McCusker (American history and economics, Trinity U.), the interdisciplinary entries deal with persons, places, developments, ideas, events, and trends from all regions of the world. The thematic outline gives some sense of the general approach of the encyclopedia, with its division of the entries into sections covering business families, cities, commodities, concepts and ideas (economic), concepts and ideas (general), corporations and businesses, countries and regions, economic agents, empires, industries, infrastructure, labor, organizations and institutions, people, phenomena, and shipping. Also included in the encyclopedia are 18 primary source documents (some only in excerpt), examples of which include Matthew Perry’s Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Alexander Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures, Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points" speech, the Bretton Woods Agreement, the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade, and the preamble to the "Final Act" of the first United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, as well as a glossary." --Reference & Research Book News, May 2006

— Reference & Research Book News

"The title is appropriate for high school libraries on up"-Barbara S. Wurtzel

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"This is a comprehensive encyclopedia covering all aspects of global economic activity. Both students and media specialists will find this set user friendly. This set should be considered for any school with stong business and social studies classes. -- Library Media Connection, October 2006

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