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Encyclopedia of World Trade: From Ancient Times to the Present
Edited by: Cynthia Clark Northrup; Advisory Board; Jerry Bentley; Alfred E. Eckes; Patrick Manning; Steven Topik; Spencer Tucker

Library Journal Best Reference
Outstanding Business Reference Source, RUSA BRASS Business Reference Sources Committee, 2005

A revised and updated digital edition of this title is available on Sharpe Online Reference.

Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-8058-7 Paper ISBN: Not Available
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Information: 1552pp. Four volumes; topic finder; photos; maps; original documents; chronology; bibliography; indexes.
Publication Date: March 2005.  


Description: Trade has defined relationships between cultures and countries from prehistoric times to the present. From the caravans of the ancient world, to the search for new trade routes during the age of discovery, to the development of interconnected markets and the global economy, trade has been a defining force in world history.

This exhaustive four-volume set is the definitive reference on the history of trade in all time periods. It traces the historical and contemporary interaction of trade, commerce, and culture in fascinating detail.

Encyclopedia of World Trade offers readers and researchers from high school level and above a complete and accurate account of the central role of commerce in world affairs. The set:
--examines the exchange of commodities, cultures, practices, technologies, and ideas between civilizations and nations from ancient times to the present;
--covers topics as varied as trade routes and ports, markets and economic systems, trade goods and influences, and social and cultural issues;
--features more than 350 illustrations, including maps, a chronology of trade, numerous sidebars, and historical documents.

Selected Contents:


Abbasid Caliphate; Advertising; Aegean Sea; Africa; Agora; Agriculture; Aircraft; Alexander the Great; Alexandria; Alphabet, Aramaic; Alphabet, Cyrillic; Alphabet, Greek; Alphabet, Latin; Alphabet, Phoenician; Alsace and Lorraine; Amazon River; Amber; Amber Routes; American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations; American Revolution; Amsterdam; Anglo-Dutch Wars; Animals; Appian Way; Arabs; Archaeology; Argentina; Arkwright, Richard; Armenians; Art; Association of South East Asian Nations; Assyrian Empire; Astrolabe; Aswan High Dam; Athens, Ancient; Atlantic Trade; Automobiles; Aviation; Aztecs

Babylon Empire; Bantu Migrations; Bardi House of Banking; Baroque; Barter; Batavia (Jakarta); Bell, Alexander Graham; Berbers; Berenice; Bio-Terrorism; Black Plague; Black Sea; Bolshevism; Bourgeoisie; Boxer Rebellion; Brazil; Bribery; British Commonwealth; British East India Company; British Empire; British-South American Relations; Buddhism; Bugis; Bush, George H.W.; Byzantine Empire

Cacao; Calcutta; Calicut; Capitalism; Caravans; Caribbean; Carnegie, Andrew; Carolingian Empire; Cartels; Cartography; Castles; Central Africa; China; Chinese Dynasties; Chinese-Japanese Trade; Chocolate; Cholera; Christianity; Cities; Climate; Clive, Robert; Coffee; Coinage; Cold War; Colonization; Columbian Exchange; Columbus, Christopher; Combination Acts; Comintern; Communication; Communism; Comparative Advantage; Compass; Competition; Computers; Confucius; Constantinople; Consumerism; Containment; Continental System; Cook, Captain James; Copper; Copyrights; Corn; Corn Laws; Corporations; Cotton; Cotton gin; Council for Mutual Economic Assistance; Cowries; Crete; Crimean War; Crop rotation; Cross Staff; Crusades; Crystal Palace; Cuba; Cuneiform; Cyprus

Danube River; Dardanelles; Dark Ages; Delian League; Department Stores; Diamonds; Diasporas; Dirhams; Discovery and exploration; Disease; Disputes and Arbitration, International; Donkeys; Drake, Sir Francis; Drugs; Dutch ; Dyula

East Asia; Eastman, Max; Economic Consequences of the Peace, The ; Economics, classical; Edison, Thomas Alva; Egypt; Egypt, Ancient; Electricity; Elizabeth I; Embargoes; Empire Building; Energy; Engels, Friedrich; England's Treasure by Foreign Trade ; Entertainment; Etruscans; European Trade, Intra-Continental; European Union; European-African Trade; European-Asian Trade; Exchange rates; Exploration; Extraterritoriality

Fairs, Trade; Fertilizer; Festivals; Feudalism; Financial Institutions; Flax; Florence; Food and Diets; Ford Motor Company; Foreign Aid; Frankincense and Myrrh; Franklin, Benjamin; Frederick II; Free Trade; Freemasonry; French Colonial Empire; French Revolution; Fruits; Fugger Family; Fur

Gandhi, Mohandas; Garamantian Empire; Gemstones; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; General Electric Company; General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money; Genoa; German Empire; Ghana; Ghaznavids; Glass; Globalization; Gold; Gold Standard; Goths; Grain; Great Depression; Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere; Greek City States; Guangzhow (Canton); Guano; Gunpowder

Haiti; Hakluyt, Richard; Hamburg, Germany; Hanseatic League; Hapsburgs; Harbors; Hargreaves, James; Hawley-Smoot Tariff; Heckscher, Eli Filip; Hellenistic architecture; Hemp; Henry the Navigator; Hinduism; Hittite Empire; Hohenstaufen Empire; Hollywood; Hong Kong; Hundred Years' War

Illegal Trade; Immigration; Imperialism; Incas; Indentured Servants; India; Indian Ocean Trade; Indigo; Indus River; Industrial Revolution; Industrialism; Inflation; Insurance; Intellectual property; Internal Combustion Engine; International Monetary Fund; International Trade Commission; Internet; Iron; Iron Law of Wages; Irrigation; Isabella of Castile; Islam; Ivory; Ivory Coast of Africa

Jade; Jews; Joint-stock companies; Judaism; Jute

Keynes, John Maynard; Khan, Genghis; Khazar Empire; Kilwa; Kipling, Rudyard; Knights Templars; Kush; Kuwait

Labor; Laissez-faire; Language (of trade); Law; Leather; Linear B script; Linen; List, Frederich; Livestock; Luddites

Madras; Magellan, Ferdinand; Mali; Malthus, Thomas Robert; Manchu Dynasty; Manila; Manila galleons; Market Revolution; Marketplaces; Marshall Plan; Marx, Karl; Mayan civilization; Media; Medici Family; Medicine; Mediterranean Sea; Melaka; Mercantilism; Merchant guilds; Mesopotamian architecture; Middle Ages; Migration, Human; Milan; Mill, John Stuart; Ming Dynasty; Minoan Civilization; Missionaries; Mogadishu; Molasses; Money; Mongol Invasions; Monuments; Mughal Empire; Multinational Enterprise; Museums; Mycenae

Napoleonic Wars; Navigation; Navigation laws; Netherlands; New Imperialism; Nile River; Nineveh; Nomads; Non-tariff barriers; North American Free Trade Agreement; Novgorod; Nuts

Oases; Oil; Olives; Open Door Notes; Opium; Ottomans

Panama Canal; Paper and Pulp; Patents; Pegolotti, Francesco Balducci; Pepper; Perfume; Persian Gulf ; Peter the Great; Petra; Phoenicia; Pilgrimages; Piracy; Pochteca; Polo, Marco; Pony Express; Population; Portugal; Potatoes; Pottery; Printing Press; Protestanism; Punic Wars


Radanites; Rae, John; Ragusa, Republic of (Dubrovnik); Railroads; Reciprocity; Redistribution; Reformation; Religion; Renaissance; Revolutions; Ricardo, David; Rice; Roman Catholic Church; Roman Empire; Roman Empire, Fall of; Rothschilds; Royal Niger Company; Rum; Russian Revolution

Saharan Trade; Salt; Sculpture; Service sector; Seven Years' War; Shanghai; Ships; Shipwrecks; Sicily; Silk; Silk Road; Silver; Singer, Isaac; Slavery; Slaves, Plantation; Smith, Adam; Socialism; Songhai Empire; South Africa; South America; Southeast Asia; Soviet Union ; Soviet Union-African Trade Relations; Soybeans; Spanish Empire; Spice Route; Spices; Srivijaya Empire; Steam Engine; Steamship; Steel; Suez Canal; Sugar; Surat

Tally sticks; Tariff barriers; Tariffs; Tea; Technology; Telegraph; Telephone; Terrorism; Teutonic Knights; Textiles; Timber/Sorochok; Tin; Tobacco; Tortoiseshell; Tourism; Trade Organizations; Trade Winds; Trademarks; Transaction costs; Transportation; Trans-Saharan Trade; Triangular Trade; Tunisia

U.S.-Japanese Trade Relations; United Nations (UN); United States of America

Venice; Vikings; Volga Bulgaria

War of 1812; Warfare; Wars for Empire; Water; Wealth; Weapons; Weights and Measures; West Africa; Whales; Whitney, Eli; Wine; Women; Wood; Wool; World Bank; World Trade Organization; World War I; World War II


Review(s): "This set does a creditable job of addressing the most salient issues in the history of world trade and serves to highlight its importance. It is a sound addition to academic and large public library collections." -- Booklist

"... provides a fascinating glimpse into how the world has been shaped by the influences of trade on culture. There is no similiar resource in print today. ... this encyclopedia can easily serve students and researchers in... history, geography, and sociology, to name a few. Highly recommended. All levels." -- Choice

"...a fascinating read. ...There is little that treats world trade so completely. This source is well suited for any library receiving questions about trade throughout the ages. The entries are well-written and accessible for most audiences." -- Reference & User Services Quarterly, Vol. 45, No.2

"...the quality of the writing, indexing, and bibliography make this a recommended title for any library interested in the topic." -- American Reference Books Annual, Vol.37

"This guide will serve high school students and college undergraduates as an introduction to economic history." -- Gale Reference Reviews

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