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This is a dense and subtle book, but it is masterfully written.
There is simply too much material covered too quickly and without enough reference to how the events being recited conform to the book's underlying theme.
The great expansion of trade in the 19th century C.E. and the globalization that it helped to promote were possible for two main reasons.
This is another excellent, fat volume from Bloomsbury Press--I wonder if they have ever published anything under 450 pages. Darwin looks at empires all over the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lyndonbrecht
Cumbersome but interesting reading. A lot of history to digest in one book and too lengthy for my tastes, but I stuck with it and overall I enjoyed the fresh concepts of how world... Read morePublished 7 months ago by bb lambert
Great history, but poorly written with very complicated sentence structures and densely packed information. The flat prose makes for a hard read. Overall disappointing.Published 8 months ago by Chg2440
Generally good historical overview with a worldwide scope. Introduces issues that we too often forget. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Moeller
This book was not for me. I was looking for a more entertaining historical story about the ancient empires. This book was dry reading for me and I didn't finish it.Published 13 months ago by sireatsalot
Very thoughtful example of historical sociology. Interesting method to treat neither states nor the so called world system as the unit of analysis, but rather, in the vein of a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by HonestBill
Started it, attempted it, many times lately but just couldn't get through the web of confusion. Perhaps I like my histories a little more linear....Published 14 months ago by Colleen McCaffrey
I originally wish-listed this book because I thought it was about Tamerlane, but then it would have been called "During Tamerlane" I guess. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andrew Tollemache