#READ BOOK ô Manila Galleons: The Dawn of the Global Economy in Asia, Europe, and the Americas µ eBook or E-pub free

#READ BOOK ¸ Manila Galleons: The Dawn of the Global Economy in Asia, Europe, and the Americas à This groundbreaking book presents the first full history of the Manila galleons, which marked the true beginning of a global economy Arturo Giraldez, the world s leading scholar of the galleons, traces the rise of the maritime route, which began with the founding of the city of Manila inand ended inwhen the last galleon left the port of Acapulco in New Spain Mexico for the Philippines, establishing a permanent connection between the Spanish empire in America with Asian countries, most importantly China, the main supplier of commodities during that era Throughout the two and a half century history of the Manila galleons, the strategic commodity fuelling global networks was always silver Giraldez shows how this most important of precious metals shaped world history, with influences that stretch to the present This unique book on an overlooked and important aspect of the Age of Exploration can t seem to pick what it wants to be Is it an economic history A political history Or least of all a cultural history Perhaps Giraldez presupposes a reader withforeknowledge of the topic than I have, which is fair, but I often found myself lost in the lists of figures and officials The inclusions of laws was extremely helpful and interesting but their contents were poorly explained I wanted to read m This unique book on an overlooked and important aspect of the Age of Exploration can t seem to pick what it wants to be Is it an economic history A political history Or least of all a cultural history Perhaps Giraldez presupposes a reader withforeknowledge of the topic than I have, which is fair, but I often found myself lost in the lists of figures and officials The inclusions of laws was extremely helpful and interesting but their contents were poorly explained I wanted to readabout the Magellan exchange, revealing my own biases I wanted to readabout interactions with the Chinese and Filipinos I wantedthan figures and names, which disrupt the narrative and delay analysis I think this book is part of a crucial project but for the uninformed reader and perhaps the informed reader as well, it falls short in terms of analytical content Reviewed by Asian Review of Books Reviewed by Asian Review of Books