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A History of the World Economy from the Iron Age to the Information Age

A sweeping history that tracks the development of trade and industry across the world, from Ancient Rome to today.

From the development of international trade fairs in the twelfth century to the innovations made in China, India, and the Arab world, it turns out that historical economies were much more sophisticated that we might imagine, tied together by webs of credit and financial instruments much like our modern economy.

Here, Philip Coggan takes us from the ancient mountains of North Wales through Grand Central station and the great civilizations of Mesopotamia to the factories of Malaysia, showing how changes in agriculture, finance, technology, work, and demographics have driven the progress of human civilization. It’s the story of how trade became broader and deeper over thousands of years; how governments have influenced economies, for good or ill; and how societies have repeatedly tried to tame, and harness, finance. More shows how, at every step of our long journey, it was the connection between people that resulted in more trade, more specialization, more freedom, and ultimately, more prosperity.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Business & Economics / Economic History

On Sale: March 24th 2020

Price: $17.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 480

ISBN-13: 9781610399845

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"Philip Coggan tells his epic story of humankind's economic development with both wisdom and wit. Brilliantly weaving together a sweeping historical narrative with a focus on the drivers of development, Coggan has written a book that should be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how our modern day economy came into being."
Stephen D. King, senior economic adviser at HSBC and author of Grave New World
"More is an extraordinary achievement. How can it be possible to turn 10,000 years of human endeavor into a tale which is at once exciting, coherent, and surprisingly optimistic? Coggan has a very rare gift. He distills a vast expanse of human history--the history of trade and economic advance--into a beautifully light and elegantly written tale, full of surprises, and free of ideology. I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
Eric Lonergan, author of Money: The Art of Living
"An engaging and highly accessible narrative about the long historical development of global trade, commerce, and innovation. Philip Coggan writes clearly about how and why it all happened, and gives us cause for optimism in difficult times."
George Magnus, author of Red Flags: Why Xi's China Is in Jeopardy
"More takes a vast 10,000-year sweep of economic history and melds it into a compelling story of countries and conflicts, civilizations and civic institutions, stagnations and transformations. All in little more than 300 pages of lucid prose. It is a majestic must-read."
Andy Haldane, chief economist, Bank of England
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