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A concise economic history of the world : from Paleolithic times to the present / Rondo Cameron

Main Author Cameron, Rondo Country Estados Unidos. Edition 2nd ed Publication New York : Oxford University Press, 1993 Description XXI, 454 p. : il. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-19-507446-7 CDU 330.8
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Monografia Biblioteca Geral da Universidade do Minho
BGUM 330.8 - C Available 150507

Mestrado em Economia Social Tópicos de História Económica 1º semestre

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The second edition of this comprehensive economic history of the world from paleolithic times to the present takes into account the dramatic recent events that have completely realigned the economies and polities of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and offers additional background
and perspective on the non-European world, a completely revised chapter on non-Western economies on the eve of Western expansion, and a new chapter on the world economy at the end of the twentieth century. Grounded in modern economic theory, but written in non-technical language in an engaging
narrative style accessible even to non-specialists, the new edition highlights historic and recent events that have contributed to prosperity and material well-being--that is, to "development"--as well as those that have resulted in continued "underdevelopment" for large areas of the world. The
first half of the book surveys world history from ancient times to the eighteenth century, outlining the origins of Western prosperity. The second half investigates in detail the industrialization and urbanization that transformed Europe and America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Cameron places the contemporary world economy, especially recent developments in Eastern Europe, the European Community, and the Persian Gulf, into broad historical perspective, making both the former East-West rivalry and the North-South split more understandable. Retaining the remarkable scope and
accessibility of the first edition, this remains the essential work for general readers and scholars who want to know more about how the world came to be as it is.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Preface
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • 1 Introduction: Economic History and Economic Development
  • Development and Underdevelopment
  • Growth, Development, and Progress
  • Determinants of Economic Development
  • Production and Productivity
  • Economic Structure and Structural Change
  • The Logistics of Economic Growth
  • Appendix
  • 2 Economic Development in Ancient Times
  • Economics and the Emergence of Civilization
  • The Economic Foundations of Empire
  • Trade and Development in the Mediterranean World
  • Economic Achievements and Limits of Ancient Civilization
  • 3 Economic Development in Medieval Europe
  • The Agrarian Basis
  • Rural Society
  • Patterns of Stability
  • Forces of Change
  • Europe Expands
  • The Revival of Urban Life
  • Commercial Currents and Techniques
  • Industrial Technology and the Origins of Mechanical Power
  • The Crisis of the Medieval Economy
  • 4 Non-Western Economies on the Eve of Western Expansion
  • The World of Islam
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Africa
  • The Americas
  • 5 Europe's Second Logistic
  • Population and Levels of Living
  • Exploration and Discovery
  • Overseas Expansion and the Feedback to Europe
  • The Price Revolution
  • Agricultural Technology and Productivity
  • Industrial Technology and Productivity
  • Trade, Trade Routes, and Commercial Organization
  • 6 Economic Nationalism and Imperialism
  • Mercantilism: A Misnomer
  • The Common Elements
  • Spain and Spanish America
  • Portugal Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe
  • Colbertism in France
  • The Prodigious Increase of the Netherlands
  • "Parliamentary Colbertism" in Britain
  • 7 The Dawn of Modern Industry
  • Characteristics of Modern Industry
  • The Industrial Revolution: A Misnomer
  • Prerequisites and Concomitants of Industrialization
  • Industrial Technology and Innovation
  • Regional Variation
  • Social Aspects of Early Industrialization
  • 8 Economic Development in the Nineteenth Century: Basic Determinants
  • Population
  • Resources
  • The Development and Diffusion of Technology
  • Prime Movers and Power Production
  • Cheap Steel
  • Transport and Communications
  • The Application of Science
  • The Institutional Framework
  • Legal Foundations
  • Economic Thought and Policy
  • Class Structure and Class Struggles
  • Education and Literacy
  • International Relations
  • 9 Patterns of Development: The Early Industrializers
  • Great Britain
  • The United States
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • 10 Patterns of Development: Latecomers and No-Shows
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands and Scandinavia
  • The Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • Southern and Eastern Europe
  • The Iberian Peninsula
  • Italy
  • Southeastern Europe
  • Imperial Russia
  • Japan
  • 11 Strategic Sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Finance and Banking
  • The Role of the State
  • 12 The Growth of the World Economy
  • Britain Opts for Free Trade
  • The Free Trade Era
  • The "Great Depression" and the Return to Protection
  • The International Gold Standard International Migration and Investment
  • The Revival of Western Imperialism

Reviews provided by Syndetics


A book that surveys the economic history of the world from the Stone Age to the present is aiming at breadth rather than depth. Cameron's book (1st ed., CH, Jan'90) is most successful in its chronological dimension. Compared with other general surveys of world economic history, Cameron gives fuller coverage not only to the prehistoric and ancient periods but also to the 20th century. But while purporting to be a world economic history, the book focuses primarily on Europe; only brief and perfunctory consideration is given to Africa, America, and Asia. Also, some of Cameron's views are eccentric, for example his opposition to use of the term "industrial revolution." But for the most part, the book does provide a sound and balanced introduction to the economic history of Europe, with brief mention of other parts of the world. The book is well written and engages the student with specific detail and numerous apt pictures. And it also includes discussion of more general conceptual and interpretative issues. The volume deserves a place in any reference collection that covers world history. General readers; all undergraduate students. D. Mitch; University of Maryland Baltimore County

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