Vermeer's Hat

Vermeer's Hat

The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

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This masterful work expands our appreciation and understanding of how our global village really began in the seventeenth century. Brook demonstrates that the lust for luxury goods-- porcelain, silver, and beaver pelts, drove expansion. Using several objects to illustrate the web of trade and the explosive changes that they wrought, Brook gives us a remarkable view of the expanding world in this thrilling history.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Viking Canada, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670067855
0670067857
Characteristics: 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jan 27, 2018

This is just terrific book: it pursues curiosity and relates dramatic events (most of them minor ones) and narrates the operations of and changes to institutions in the world in the early to mid 1600s. Beavers (poor Swedish beavers were exterminated!), silver, mixing of peoples are some of the main themes (each chapter is given its focus). The writing is just about perfect for history: not academic, not caught up excessively in drama, not moralizing; its edifying and sympathetic. A very lengthy further reading guide is included in the end.

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Aug 19, 2011

If you're interested in geography and the history of how western economies were shaped by global trade, this is a fascinating book.

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