World Trade since 1431 Geography, Technology, and Capitalism

ISBN-10: 0801851262

ISBN-13: 9780801851261

Edition: 1993

Authors: Peter J. Hugill

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Equipped with reliable maps and instruments for open-ocean navigation and highly seaworthy, three-masted, cannon-armed ships, Portugal dominated the Atlantic trade routes--until the diffusion of Portuguese technologies to wealthier polities made Holland the eventual successor, owing to its geographic position and its immense commercial fleet. It is precisely this interplay of technology and geography, argues Peter J. Hugill, that has guided the evolution of the modern global capitalistic system. Tracing the relationship between technology and economy over the past 550 years, Hugill finds that the nations that developed and marketed new technologies best were the nations that rose to world power, while those that held onto outdated technologies fell behind. Moreover, he argues, major changes in transportation and communication technologies actually constituted the moments of transformation from one world economy to another.
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Geographic Reality in the Development of Capitalism
Technology and Geography in the Elaboration of Capitalism
The Triumph of the Ship
The Problem of Overland Transportation: Canals, Rivers, and Railroads
The Return to Overland Route Flexibility: Bicycles, Cars, Trucks, and Busses
Aviation and the First Global System
World System Theory and Geographic Reality
References
World Maps
General Index
Index of Proper Names
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