The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750 - Studies in Comparative Early Modern History (Paperback)
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The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750 - Studies in Comparative Early Modern History (Paperback)

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Paperback 516 Pages / Published: 13/09/1997
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The Political Economy of Merchant Empires focuses on why European concerns eventually achieved dominance in global trade in the period between 1450 and 1750, at the expense, especially in Asia, of well-organised and well-financed rivals. The volume is a companion to The Rise of Merchant Empires, also edited by James Tracy, which dealt with changes in the growth and composition of long-distance trade during the same period.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521574648
Number of pages: 516
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...forms an exciting introduction to relatively recent and exotic discoveries in early modern economic history, and to the broad issue of western economic dominance." The Northern Mariner
"One of the many strengths of this densely packed new volume is that care is taken by several of the contributors not to over-emphasize the importance of long-distance trade for the domestic economies of early modern Europe...The theme of the book, is in effect, the characteristically, if not uniquely, European combination of trade and state power--the protracted European tradition of a union of trade and warfare that began with the Italian maritime empires, and had a continuous history from then on, culminating in the East India Companies. In elaborating on this theme, with its manifold implications, the book goes well beyond earlier attempts in this direction. As such, it is an outstanding addition." The International History Review
"...this collection will repay the efforts of American historians interested in the trajectory of global economic history or the socioeconomic and political foundations of imperial dominion." David Harris Sacks, Journal of American History
"[This book] brings together many of the best scholars in the field for updated interpretations of European merchant empires and the wider world....a valuable addition to the study of world history in the early modern period." Journal of World History
"...should be of interest to many, for it represents the latest research and interpretation on the rise of European merchant empires." Roy S. Hanashiro, Pacific Affairs
"The contributors to The Political Economy of Merchant Empires are among the most prominent of those scholars who have produced during the past five or six years a remarkably impressive literature on what used to be called the 'Expansion of Europe.'...[This book] is an unusually fine collection of summary articles on a very important general theme." Edwin J. Van Kley, Journal of Modern History

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