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By P Emmer, O Petre-Grenouilleau, Jessica Roitman

ISBN-10: 9004151028

ISBN-13: 9789004151024

The consequences of the growth of Europe have involved historians and economists, in addition to the general public at huge, for hundreds of years. essentially the most fascinating and debatable results of Europe's growth has been the alternate that resulted from this circulate out of Europe and into different areas of the area. The function of international alternate in Europe's monetary progress and particularly in its industrialization has lengthy been hotly contested. This quantity has as its aspect of departure the concept the hyperlink among colonial exchange and the improvement of Europe used to be even more complicated than hitherto believed. simply because this hyperlink is so complicated, this quantity comprises essays by way of numerous experts to evaluate the recent instructions within the historiography. additionally, this quantity examines the controversy at the influence of colonial alternate on nations comparable to Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, that are frequently overlooked in desire of dialogue approximately Britain.

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Also, the trade in slaves depended on imported textiles from Asia which were popular on the African coast. 7 As far as we can judge, colonial trade was not small when compared with the overall production of France. But we must not inflate its importance either. Continuing prosperity relied on the slave trade, as well as on the maintenance of peace and authority in the colonies. The economy of Saint-Domingue did not survive the insurrection. It collapsed and brought down with it the wealthy ports in the home country—ports that never recovered.

And not all supplies for the colonies were produced in France. For instance, the colonies were dependent on cheese from Switzerland and Holland and salted meat from Ireland. Also, the trade in slaves depended on imported textiles from Asia which were popular on the African coast. 7 As far as we can judge, colonial trade was not small when compared with the overall production of France. But we must not inflate its importance either. Continuing prosperity relied on the slave trade, as well as on the maintenance of peace and authority in the colonies.

What is now at issue is to specify and measure the significance of endogenous vs. exogenous forces promoting economic growth in one part of the world economy (Europe) and restraining a similar momentum on the continents of Asia, Africa, and Southern America. Unfortunately, Marxian scholarship concerned with Asiatic modes of production, and with the presence or absence of peculiar forms of “feudalism” found outside Europe, now looks more theoretical than historical. Perhaps because the tradition ossified and was ostracised during the Cold War, classical Marxism seems less influential than its Weberian counterpart in establishing the parameters, structure, and vocabulary of a discourse concerned with restraints which, for several centuries, operated to prevent Asiatic economies from following the “European trajectory” that was leading toward divergent standards of living between the “West and the Rest” that became conspicuous over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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