A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008 - 467 頁
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 this sweeping narrative history of world trade, 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 American trade battles of the early twentieth century to the modern era of televisions from Taiwan, lettuce from Mexico, and T-shirts from China. Lively, authoritative, and astonishing in scope, A Splendid Exchange is a riveting narrative that views trade and globalization not in political terms, but rather as an evolutionary process as old as war and religion--a historical constant--that will continue to foster the growth of intellectual capital, shrink the world, and propel the trajectory of the human species.

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用戶評語  - expatscot - LibraryThing

A good book if not a great one that covers its subject in plenty of detail over an enormous time-span. There are plenty of juicy facts to add to your knowledge base alongside the core understanding of ... 閱讀評論全文

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用戶評語  - lovestodance123 - LibraryThing

Today’s world trade network is very complex and affects every individual’s life. In “A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World”, William J. Bernstein makes the case that globalization is not new ... 閱讀評論全文

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