This book delineates the systemic roles assumed by the various regions of the world and by European merchant capital and explains the tensions within intercultural commercial system that ensured its continued dynamism and eventual transformation into the current world economic system.
1. Introduction 2. The Wider World 3. Medieval Europe 4. Overseas Expansion and Decline in the Mediterranean 5. Europe in Transition: Capitalism 6. Peripheries in the World Economy 7. Dependencies in the World Economy 8. The Colonial Powers and the World Economy in the Eighteenth Century 9. Revolution 10. Retrospect and Prospect