Sách gì mà đọc miệt mài mà mãi không thấy hết : Sách cung cấp nhiều Thông tin và kiến thức bổ ích, cho người đọc một cái nhìn toàn cảnh về thương mại nhân loại từ thuở sơ khai cho đến hiện đại. It deals with a subject that is so ubiquitous that it is hardly ever closely analyzed: trade. Although even this was tempered by a reasonable representation of opposing viewpoints from economists and politicians over the years in This was a fantastic read from start to finish. In an era when trade is defined by interminable World Trade Organization talks and offers nothing more romantic than slab-sided container ships ploughing between nondescript ports, William Bernstein's book is like a trip to the movies to watch Johnny Depp swinging through the rigging. The book made me glad to live in the here and now. He correctly asserts that we must be aware of how it has shaped the past because it will continue to have a pivotal role--for better and for worse--as we move into the future.
Lower-value cargoes travel on reasonably comfortable and safe vessels with well-stocked pantries and video collections, and both the aircraft and ship's crews are nearly always the employees of very large corporations. Tuy nhiên, lượng kiến thức trong sách khá nhiều, rất bổ ích, nhất là với một người cũng ít kiến thức về thương mại thế giới như mình, nên mình vẫn hài lòng cho 5 sao. Roughly chronological, it covers trade from paleolithic times up until today, although, given the size of the subject, it does jump back and forth in time in places. Q: Did the importance of policy, regulation, and finance as supports for successful trade change at some point? As a general survey of the subject, it works surprisingly well. To convince yourself of that, look at the twentieth century: the Smoot-Hawley Tariff probably triggered the Second World War by embittering the Germans with their inability to recover and pay the Versailles reparations. The lessons for me were: 1. Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today.
As early as the sixteenth century, Madeiran sugar growers demanded, and obtained, prohibitions against cheaper sugar from Brazil. Bernstein follows free trade vs. Spice traffic trade routes are analysed in detail. Bernstein has done a wonderful job chronicling the rise of commerce and trade throughout human history, and the logistics and theories that continue to effect modern humanity. Although this may have been prudent information at the time, it does little to improve ones knowledge on the development of trade throughout history, and really should not have been included within the text. Bernstein's thesis in a way. Cotton, sugar, and tea rise as trade commodities as spices wane in profitability.
In William Bernstein's deft treatment, it becomes pretty much a history of the world. He shows how the quest for wealth through commerce, as opposed to plunder, has ordered societies for centuries - indeed as long ago as we have historical and archaeological evidence. Zheng He leads Chinese naval expeditions into the Indian ocean. A Splendid Exchangeis a splendid book. Overland routes to transport silk from China to the Mediterranean—the Silk Road—were brutal and difficult.
Corn laws - english landed aristocrats lobbied for tariffs on imported grain to their own advantage causing periodic hunger. When I think about inequities in the world now and I consider myself a have in a have-not world , it is clear that they have always been around. Roughly chronological, it covers trade from paleolithic times up until today, although, given the size o An utterly fascinating book about something that is so important to the history of the world and yet so little discussed in more mainstream works of history. For anyone wanting a painless primer in the ideas of Adam Smith, David Ricardo, or more recent economists, such as Paul Samuelson, this is the place to find it. Another subtle but great advance in trade history was the invention of a process for mass producing inexpensive high-quality steel by Bessemer, Siemens, and Martin in the mid-nineteenth century.
A great book for anyone who is interested in trade, or just in history. Bernstein's vast knowledge of trade's past is great preparation for dealing effectively with today's controversies about its future. There is considerable evidence against both claims. Từng chương sách đều mở ra những chân trời mới về hiểu biết, thú vị nhất với mình là vai trò của các nước phương Tây và đặc biệt là Hồi giáo trong tiến trình hình thành và phát triển nhân loại. A Splendid Exchange was given by the same author who liked so much--more than sufficient recommendation for me. Venice trades in slaves from the Black Sea coast to the muslims. The Dutch and the English were competing after the spices in Asia, sugar in Brazil, and slaves and gold in Africa, with mixed results as we know from history.
Primarily, the main impacts of the exchange were transformations of the people, animals, plants, food, minerals and commerce… to describe recent trade problems and examine why these problems are related to, and affected by exchange rates. How much has business changed? If it is, Bernstein does a good job not letting details distract from the big picture, like history books do sometimes. Bernstein follows the rise and fall of nations, who would have thought that Aceh was once one of the great sea faring and trading nations? I have been trying to figure out why the Moslem world thrived during the European Dark Ages. Nonetheless, the passion, insight and eloquence that Bernstein brings to the historical story of trade more than offset the shortcomings of his economic analysis. Accidentally exchanged by the Europeans, earthworms impacted the agriculture by packing nutrients in the previously worm-free soil. This history of world trade, and discussion of how trade shaped world history, lacks a bit of the ambition of Blanding's thematic reappraisal of the long 18th century: this work is more or less straight-up chronological, although that turns out to represent William J. An interesting description of how the nutmeg, sugar and spices were considered exotic and this desirable.
What really marks Bernstein out is his talent in understanding, and then explaining, international commercial linkages. But his analysis of current economic issues is selective at best, and often confused or just wrong. Bernstein spends the better part of the book chronicling the long and fascinating history of international trade. By this we taste the spices of Arabia, yet we never feel the scorching Sun which brings them forth; we shine in silks which our Hands have never wrought; we drink of Vinyards which we never planted; the Treasures of those Mines are ours, in which we have never digg'd; we only plough the Deep and reap the Harvest of every Country in the World. Readers of this compelling saga will be intellectually rewarded, enticed, and amused--and more sensitively attuned to the challenges of today's version of the globalization that has driven so much of civilization's economic growth and social progress.
The asides are annoying and often an overly simplistic summary of current affairs. This novel was barely about trade shaping the world but rather about what ancient civilizations traded. The study will explore, in detail, the agencies that determine these rates. Such is the world of trade. He was raised by an abusive….
With two exceptions, it's encyclopedic and well written. In another case with major historical ramifications, Bernstein tells of a group of wealthy smugglers and merchants who objected to a large decline in protective tariffs that would have undercut their profits but greatly benefited consumers. Bernstein is a fine writer and knows how to tell a great story well. Ice trade, leading to refridgerated shipping. Publisher's Summary Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce, from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today.