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Before European Hegemony by Janet L. Abu-Lughod
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it was amazing
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Much-cited. I was afraid to sit down and read the actual thing for years, because I'm not an economics person. Turns out there was nothing to be afraid of: quite an easy read for the curious.

The most cogent, digestible view of the Italian merchant cities' connections with the Mongol world that I know about. That aspect can be read in conjunction with The Mongols and the Black Sea Trade in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.
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