Daily Life through Trade
Buying and Selling in World History
by James M. Anderson
March 2013, 330pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36324-5
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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Trade has long been—and will continue to be—a driving force that shapes our world. This book documents the tremendous importance of trade throughout history and its influence toward peaceful coexistence among nations.

From ancient to modern times, trade has played an integral role in connecting disparate cultures and places on the earth—indeed, the existence of commercial trade across human civilization means that “globalization” is hardly a recent phenomenon or trend. Daily Life through Trade: Buying and Selling in World History documents how the importance of trade has made it the catalyst for migration, exploration, cultural interchange, and unfortunately, conflict and war throughout history.

Author James M. Anderson describes the history of trade and traders’ lives, examining how commerce had important consequences in various regions of the world and addressing a wide range of topics, such as fair trade, the World Trade Organization, and the role of trade in sparking world wars. The book’s coverage ranges from the earliest times to the present day, and serves not only as an excellent general reference for history students and general readers, but also as valuable supplementary reading for those enrolled in courses in economics and business.

James M. Anderson, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Calgary where he also taught decipherment. He taught historical linguistics at Georgetown University, University of Barcelona, University of Valladolid, and University of Alberta. He has written numerous articles as well as some 16 books, including The Spanish Civil War: A History and Reference Guide; The History of Portugal; and several titles in Greenwood's Daily Life series. Anderson obtained his doctorate from the University of Washington and has spent many years researching and writing in Europe as the recipient of multiple Canada Council, Fulbright, and SSHRC grants.

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. Supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes provide an in-depth exploration of daily life throughout history.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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