The Origins of Western Economic Success:
Commerce, Finance, and Government in Preindustrial Europe

 

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Part I: Trade, Growth and Production  
  1. Trading Costs, the Expansion of Trade, and Economic Growth in Preindustrial Europe
  2. Trading Costs and the Pattern of Trade in Preindustrial Europe
  3. The Expansion of Trade and the Transformation of Agriculture in Preindustrial Europe
  4. The Expansion of Trade and the Development of European Industry to 1600
  5. The Cost of Transportation in Preindustrial Europe
Part II: Finance  
  1. Finance Before the Industrial Revolution: An Introduction
  2. Medieval and Early Modern Coinage and its Problems
  3. Early Deposit Banking
  4. Bills of Exchange and the Money Market to 1600
  5. Merchant Banking in the Medieval and Early Modern Economy
  6. The Capital Market Before 1600
  7. Risk Instruments in the Medieval and Early Modern Economy
Part III: Commerce  
  1. Commerce in Preindustrial Europe: An Introduction
  2. Business Organization in Preindustrial Europe
  3. Managing a Business in Preindustrial Europe
  4. Merchant Association in Preindustrial Europe
  5. Organized Markets in Preindustrial Europe
Part IV: Government  
  1. Economic Development and the Evolution of Government in Preindustrial Europe
  2. Economic Progress and the Technology Of War in Preindustrial Europe
  3. Government Finance in Preindustrial Europe
  4. The Organization of Government in Preindustrial Europe
  5. Government Economic Policy in Preindustrial Europe
  6. The Impact of Government on Economic Development and Growth in Preindustrial Europe