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China And The Birth Of Globalization In The 16th Century
Including 11 essays published over the last 15 years, this volume by Dennis O. Flynn and Arturo GirA ldez concerns the origins and early development of globalization. It opens with their 1995 "Silver Spoon" essay and a theoretical essay published in 2002. Subsequent sections deal with Pacific Ocean exchanges, interconnections between the Spanish, Ottoman, Japanese and ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 2010)
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A collection of essays by this pair of scholars whose main thesis is simple, yet chock full of revisionist historiographical goodness! 1571 is the beginning of global trade. Why? Easy. Manila was founded as the entry point for all that Potosi silver to be taken across the Pacific into China. So? I'll try to be succinct: 14th century China devalued its paper money and became reliant on silver as a measured metal. This created an immense demand for silver (not worth much in Europe) in China. ...more