A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

by William J. Bernstein
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A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

According to Bernstein, Muhammad got into the business of trade through his family. Bernstein says that Muhammad was raised by an uncle of his, Abu Talib, who was a wealthy trader. We do not know...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2011 10:47 am UTC

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A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

The basic reasons why trade prospered in Central Asia (and beyond) under Mongol rule are that the Mongols controlled a vast area of land and that they very much wanted and encouraged trade. As...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013 11:23 pm UTC

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A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

The answer to this can be found at the start of Chapter 6. The two groups were the Genoese (from Genoa in what is now Italy) and the Mongols. Kaffa was located in the Crimea in what is now...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2011 6:25 am UTC

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A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

Bernstein argues that the black rat was a perfect animal for spreading the fleas that carried the bubonic plague. There are a number of reasons for this. First, the black rat tends to live in...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011 8:21 am UTC

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A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

The camel saddle was important because it allowed the camels to carry heavy loads that they could not otherwise carry. Bernstein tells us that a camel driver cannot simply put much of a load...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011 8:59 am UTC

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