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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: M. E. Sharpe; 3rd edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765623552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765623553
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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I actually came across this book in a used bookstore. It was nestled among exotic history books. I read the introduction and fell in love. Later I read other peoples reviews and some people pointed out a few faux pas in the second edition I decided also to buy a copy in the third edition. That is when I found out that the authors it changed the focus of the book to being more on the 20th century and 21st century. This book being more geared I would suppose it is a textbook needed to adjust to its potential audience. So some articles were removed others were incorporated. I suggest if you have an earlier version to keep it; however you also need a newer edition for corrections and changes in focus.

For my new copy I chose the electronic Kindle format. The drawback is that it does not contain links to references inside the book so you have to know how to get to those particular locations if you want to read more on the subject that you are currently reading. It is quite annoying. There is however a go to button which will take you to the beginning of each section. I am one of those people that cannot stand to scribble in books as when time changes and interest, scribbling can be annoying. On the Kindle edition you can make notes and remove them at will. One great advantage is that it has text-to-speech which allows you to listen in the background if you are mobile or have other visual imperatives such as taking care of cats.

I bought this book primarily to learn about different commodities and their trades. There are many books that specialize in individual commodity such as coffee, tea, and salt. There are others dedicated to plants of which I learned about Wardian Cases (Green cargoes. by Anne.
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I actually came across this book in a used bookstore. It was nestled among exotic history books. I read the introduction and fell in love. Later is a red other reviews and some people pointed out a few faux pas in the second edition I decided also to buy a copy in the third edition. That is when I found out that the authors it changed the focus of the book to being more on the 20th century and 21st century. This book being more geared I would suppose it is a textbook needed to adjust to its potential audience. So some articles were removed others were incorporated. I suggest if you have an earlier version to keep it; however you also need a newer edition for corrections and changes in focus.

For my new copy I chose the electronic Kindle format. The drawback is that it does not contain links to references inside the book so you have to know how to get to those particular locations if you want to read more on the subject that you are currently reading. It is quite annoying. There is however a go to button which will take you to the beginning of each section. I am one of those people that cannot stand to scribble in books as when time changes and interest, scribbling can be annoying. On the Kindle edition you can make notes and remove them at will. One great advantage is that it has text-to-speech which allows you to listen in the background if you are mobile or have other visual imperatives such as taking care of cats.

I bought this book primarily to learn about different commodities and their trades. There are many books that specialize in individual commodity such as coffee, tea, and salt. There are others dedicated to plants of which I learned about Wardian Cases (Green cargoes. by Anne.
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I actually came across this book in a used bookstore. It was nestled among exotic history books. I read the introduction and fell in love. Later I read other peoples reviews and some people pointed out a few faux pas in the second edition I decided also to buy a copy in the third edition. That is when I found out that the authors it changed the focus of the book to being more on the 20th century and 21st century. This book being more geared I would suppose it is a textbook needed to adjust to its potential audience. So some articles were removed others were incorporated. I suggest if you have an earlier version to keep it; however you also need a newer edition for corrections and changes in focus.

For my new copy I chose the electronic Kindle format. The drawback is that it does not contain links to references inside the book so you have to know how to get to those particular locations if you want to read more on the subject that you are currently reading. It is quite annoying. There is however a go to button which will take you to the beginning of each section. I am one of those people that cannot stand to scribble in books as when time changes and interest, scribbling can be annoying. On the Kindle edition you can make notes and remove them at will. One great advantage is that it has text-to-speech which allows you to listen in the background if you are mobile or have other visual imperatives such as taking care of cats.

I bought this book primarily to learn about different commodities and their trades. There are many books that specialize in individual commodity such as coffee, tea, and salt. There are others dedicated to plants of which I learned about Wardian Cases (Green cargoes. by Anne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will want to collect each edition 4 Aug. 2013
By Bernie - Published on Amazon.com
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I actually came across this book in a used bookstore. It was nestled among exotic history books. I read the introduction and fell in love. Later I read other peoples reviews and some people pointed out a few faux pas in the second edition I decided also to buy a copy in the third edition. That is when I found out that the authors it changed the focus of the book to being more on the 20th century and 21st century. This book being more geared I would suppose it is a textbook needed to adjust to its potential audience. So some articles were removed others were incorporated. I suggest if you have an earlier version to keep it; however you also need a newer edition for corrections and changes in focus.

For my new copy I chose the electronic Kindle format. The drawback is that it does not contain links to references inside the book so you have to know how to get to those particular locations if you want to read more on the subject that you are currently reading. It is quite annoying. There is however a go to button which will take you to the beginning of each section. I am one of those people that cannot stand to scribble in books as when time changes and interest, scribbling can be annoying. On the Kindle edition you can make notes and remove them at will. One great advantage is that it has text-to-speech which allows you to listen in the background if you are mobile or have other visual imperatives such as taking care of cats.

I bought this book primarily to learn about different commodities and their trades. There are many books that specialize in individual commodity such as coffee, tea, and salt. There are others dedicated to plants of which I learned about Wardian Cases (Green cargoes. by Anne. Dorrance [19450]), and some dedicated to dyes such as "A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield." While in the process of gleaning this information I have come to appreciate the other aspects of this book including "society, culture, and world economy."

I assume this book is used as a textbook somewhere due to the nature of its organization. Information mostly comes from a column from "World trade magazine."

I hope you have as much fun as I have had reading this and I am now working on the abbreviated bibliography and hope one day that Kenneth Pomeranz and Steve Topik will write a more in-depth book.
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Overview 10 Sept. 2002
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This is a very entertaining overview of the development of world trade and world economy. The short essays (3 to 4 pages each) each cover a different topic and are far too short to become boring. If anything some of the chapters are too short.
The authors take an approach which is refereshingly not euro-centric, with many chapters covering the Far East and South America. In fact the authors' cynicism and disapproval of the hypocracy of European colonial expansion is a recurring theme throughout the book.
My favorite essay in the book discusses the rise and fall of Potosi, now a small dusty town in Bolivia but formerly one of the largest and richest cities in the world. Potosi's wealth came from the numerous silver mines dug into Cerro Rico, a mountain overlooking the city. Once the silver was gone, so were the good times. Having visited Potosi in 1993, I was delighted to read about the former glory and world renown of what is now, essentially little more than a vilage.
The book covers such varied topics as the connection between tea and the drug trade; the adoption of international timezones; piracy; the origin of coffee; and the impact of slave trade on the industrial revolution.
Overall the book is a great read interspresed with many amusing anecdotes that make history come alive. If you are interested in history, I definitely recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Oct. 2016
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Great price...my son needed it for school so I search out the best price available.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for my purpose 11 Oct. 2016
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Good book for my purpose. However, it reads like a series of articles or columns rather than a book that deals with one subject from beginning to end. It's not an easy read nor a challenging read; it's mostly an annoying read; it goes back and forth on multiple topics throughout the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook 4 Dec. 2016
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Had to read this for AP Econ, and surprisingly enjoyed it!
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