Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350, Parts 1250-1350

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Oxford University Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Business & Economics - 443 pages
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In this important study, Abu-Lughod presents a groundbreaking reinterpretation of global economic evolution, arguing that the modern world economy had its roots not in the sixteenth century, as is widely supposed, but in the thirteenth century economy--a system far different from the European world system which emerged from it. Using the city as the working unit of analysis, Before European Hegemony provides a new paradigm for understanding the evolution of world systems by tracing the rise of a system that, at its peak in the opening decades of the 14th century, involved a vast region stretching between northwest Europe and China. Writing in a clear and lively style, Abu-Lughod explores the reasons for the eventual decay of this system and the rise of European hegemony.
  

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

The Eurasian continent consisted of multiple overlapping regional networks of trade, stretching from Europe to China. Europe was by no means predominant at this time, just a periphery in this broader ... Read full review

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The dry academic writing only slightly detracts from the world-changing understanding you will gain. Particularly with the recent re-ascendance of China, this is a must read. When I read this book in ... Read full review

Contents

Studying a System in Formation
3
The European Subsystem
33
Emergence from Old Empires
43
The European Subsystem
48
The Cities of the Champagne Fairs
51
Commercial and Industrial Cities
78
The Economic Expansion of Belgium
97
The Merchant Mariners of Genoa and Venice
102
The Congruence between Trade Routes and
172
Baghdad and the Persian Gulf
185
The Fertile Crescent the Crusader Kingdoms
199
Cairos Monopoly under the Slave Sultanate
212
Divided into Three Parts
251
On the
261
The Strait and Narrow
291
The Strait of Malacca
295

Mediterranean Routes of Genoa and Venice in
123
The Three Routes to the East
137
The Gradual Reticulation of Routes from
138
The Mongols and the Northeast Passage
153
All the Silks of China
316
System of Silk Production
329
The Growth of Selected Cities between the Ninth
357
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Janet L. Abu-Lughod is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University (Emeritus)

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