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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.
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 3 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 4 months ago by Chg2440
Generally good historical overview with a worldwide scope. Introduces issues that we too often forget. Read morePublished 8 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago by Andrew Tollemache
The text is clearly written and the arguments well formed and logical. It lacks anecdotes that would illuminate the writer's point and bring the history to life. A little dry.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer