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Atlas of Material Life

Northwestern Europe and East Asia, 15th to 19th Century

A comparative history of material life in western Europe and East Asia.
Large-scale comparative economic history of westernmost and easternmost Eurasia provides insight into our global history. Atlas of Material Life highlights the main characteristics of the economic landscape in Great Britain, the Netherlands, China, and Japan between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. It demonstrates the constraints to which all pre-industrial economies were subjected but also the different ways in which the societies discussed dealt with those challenges. Replete with maps, graphs, and accessible figures, this transnational study offers fresh insight into the economy of limited possibilities and humanity’s ever-evolving relationship to resources.

344 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4

History: Asian History, European History

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“The comparative data are very useful and sometimes on their own revealing. Having all this between two covers (or in one digital file) will be very handy for all those scholars who work in, or dabble in, macro-scale economic history. . . The subject matter—large-scale comparative economic history of westernmost and easternmost Eurasia—is of first-rate importance for world history.”

John McNeill, Georgetown University

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