An Economic History of the World since 1400

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An Economic History of the World since 1400

2016

Economics created our world. As the process through which societies provide for their citizens, it has driven everything from trade and politics to warfare and diplomacy. There's not a single aspect of history that has not...

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Donald J. Harreld

In This Series

Self-Interest, Human Survival, and History
Episode 1
Self-Interest, Human Survival, and History
Marco Polo, China, and Silk Road Trade
Episode 2
Marco Polo, China, and Silk Road Trade
Manorial Society in Medieval Europe
Episode 3
Manorial Society in Medieval Europe
How Black Death Reshaped Town and Field
Episode 4
How Black Death Reshaped Town and Field
Late-14th-Century Guilds and Monopolies
Episode 5
Late-14th-Century Guilds and Monopolies
European Discovery Routes: East and West
Episode 6
European Discovery Routes: East and West
1571: Spain, Portugal Encircle the Globe
Episode 7
1571: Spain, Portugal Encircle the Globe
Old World Bourses and Market Information
Episode 8
Old World Bourses and Market Information
The Europeans' Plantation Labor Problem
Episode 9
The Europeans' Plantation Labor Problem
Adam Smith, Mercantilism, State Building
Episode 10
Adam Smith, Mercantilism, State Building
British and Dutch Joint-Stock Companies
Episode 11
British and Dutch Joint-Stock Companies
Europe, the Printing Press, and Science
Episode 12
Europe, the Printing Press, and Science
The Industrious Revolution: Demand Grows
Episode 13
The Industrious Revolution: Demand Grows
Why Didn't China Industrialize Earlier?
Episode 14
Why Didn't China Industrialize Earlier?
18th-Century Agriculture and Production
Episode 15
18th-Century Agriculture and Production
Industrial Revolution: The Textile Trade
Episode 16
Industrial Revolution: The Textile Trade
British Coal, Coke, and a New Age of Iron
Episode 17
British Coal, Coke, and a New Age of Iron
Power: From Peat Bogs to Steam Engines
Episode 18
Power: From Peat Bogs to Steam Engines
A Second Industrial Revolution after 1850
Episode 19
A Second Industrial Revolution after 1850
Family Labor Evolves into Factory Work
Episode 20
Family Labor Evolves into Factory Work
Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Modern Firm
Episode 21
Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Modern Firm
19th-Century Farm Technology, Land Reform
Episode 22
19th-Century Farm Technology, Land Reform
Speeding Up: Canals, Steamships, Railroads
Episode 23
Speeding Up: Canals, Steamships, Railroads
European Urbanization and Emigration
Episode 24
European Urbanization and Emigration
Unions, Strikes, and the Haymarket Affair
Episode 25
Unions, Strikes, and the Haymarket Affair
Banks, Central Banks, and Modern States
Episode 26
Banks, Central Banks, and Modern States
Understanding Uneven Economic Development
Episode 27
Understanding Uneven Economic Development
Adam Smith's Argument for Free Trade
Episode 28
Adam Smith's Argument for Free Trade
Middle-Class Catalogs and Mass Consumption
Episode 29
Middle-Class Catalogs and Mass Consumption
Imperialism: Land Grabs and Morality Plays
Episode 30
Imperialism: Land Grabs and Morality Plays
World War I: Industrial Powers Collide
Episode 31
World War I: Industrial Powers Collide
Russia's Marxist-Leninist Experiment
Episode 32
Russia's Marxist-Leninist Experiment
The Trouble with the Gold Standard
Episode 33
The Trouble with the Gold Standard
Tariffs, Cartels, and John Maynard Keynes
Episode 34
Tariffs, Cartels, and John Maynard Keynes
Japanese Expansionism: Manchurian Incident
Episode 35
Japanese Expansionism: Manchurian Incident
U.S. Aid and a Postwar Economic Miracle
Episode 36
U.S. Aid and a Postwar Economic Miracle
Colonialism and the Independence Movement
Episode 37
Colonialism and the Independence Movement
Japan, the Transistor, and Asia's Tigers
Episode 38
Japan, the Transistor, and Asia's Tigers
The Welfare State: From Bismarck to Obama
Episode 39
The Welfare State: From Bismarck to Obama
The End of American Exceptionalism?
Episode 40
The End of American Exceptionalism?
Middle East: From Pawn to Power Broker
Episode 41
Middle East: From Pawn to Power Broker
Germany, the European Union, and the Euro
Episode 42
Germany, the European Union, and the Euro
Free Trade: Global versus Regional Blocs
Episode 43
Free Trade: Global versus Regional Blocs
Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the Soviet Decline
Episode 44
Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and the Soviet Decline
Half the World Left behind in Poverty
Episode 45
Half the World Left behind in Poverty
China, India: Two Paths to Wealth Extremes
Episode 46
China, India: Two Paths to Wealth Extremes
The Information Economy: Telegraph to Tech
Episode 47
The Information Economy: Telegraph to Tech
Leverage with Globalization in Its Grip
Episode 48
Leverage with Globalization in Its Grip