World Trade since 1431 Geography, Technology, and Capitalism
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Description: 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that developed and marketed new technologies best were the nations that rose to world power, while those that held onto outdated technologies fell behind.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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Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1995
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Tables|
|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|
|Index of Proper Names|