An Economic History of Europe by Antonio Di Vittorio

By Antonio Di Vittorio

An financial historical past of Europe presents scholars with a entire advent to eu fiscal background from the fifteenth century to the current day. person chapters provide short references to earlier ancient sessions and occasions, with particular recognition given to middle subject matters pertaining to financial improvement, and an research in their swap via time and house.

Core subject matters tested in each one interval include:

  • the expanding prominence of industry
  • international trade
  • demand and provide dynamics
  • agriculture.

The detailed constitution of this article permits scholars not just to realize an organization grounding within the long term evolution of the ecu economic system, but in addition presents an historic assessment of the industrial improvement of person nations. person participants learn the shift from the trendy to the modern interval and supply a large rationalization of the ancient roots of the issues that face ultra-modern fiscal development.

This key text is crucial analyzing for college students in economics, monetary heritage, improvement economics and history.

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Cipolla, Storia economica, pp. 130–1. 27 It is noteworthy that even in the fifteenth century he was still not specialized: he was a merchant-entrepreneur as regards textiles, but was also banker, insurer, dealer in spices, metals and grains. 28 P. Malanima, Economia preindustriale, pp. 84–91. 29 Precise nautical charts of the coasts. ) 30 The last Arab territorial outpost, the Caliphate of Granada, fell only in 1492. Though Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon had been joined in marriage in 1476 the two kingdoms continued to be ruled separately, sometimes following different policies, until their grandson Charles came to the throne.

The application of gunpowder in the mining industry ultimately led to other improvements such as pumps to extract air, and wagons with wooden wheels to transport material, all of which contributed to making it more cost-effective to mine at greater depths. Similarly, the first blast furnaces, which benefited from associated innovations such as hydraulic bellows, mechanical hammers and grinding mills for crushing the ore, first made their appearance in the fifteenth century, especially in Sweden and the southern part of the Low Countries and Luxembourg, but also in some areas of Italy such as Tuscany and Brescia.

The quantity of pepper that was traded was the same as that of all the other spices put together, and it is calculated that at the end of the fifteenth century Asian production was more than 100,000 cwt, almost all of which found its way into Europe. Other products included betel, rhubarb, opium, amber and musk, sandalwood, incense and camphor, and from the medical point of view were considered to have therapeutic functions. The enormous profitability of this international traffic continued to attract capital and interest, even in the second half of the fifteenth century in spite of the long depression following the Black Death, and the situation in the Middle East that was becoming increasingly complex, after the fall of Constantinople and the subsequent Turkish conquest of Egypt.

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