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The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

A panoramic history of trade, industry and economic thought, from prehistoric times to the present.

'Big and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible and mercifully free of jargon'
Sunday Times

More tracks the development of the world economy, starting with the first obsidian blades that made their way from what is now Turkey to the Iran-Iraq border 7000 years before Christ, and ending with the Sino-American trade war that we are in right now.

Taking history in great strides, More illustrates broad changes by examining details from the design of the standard medieval cottage to the stranglehold that Paris's three belt-buckle-making guilds exercised over innovation in the field of holding up trousers. Along the way Coggan reveals that historical economies were far more sophisticated than we might imagine - tied together by webs of credit and financial instruments much like the modern economy.

Coggan shows how, at every step of our long journey, it was connections between people - allowing more trade, more specialisation, more ideas and more freedom - that always created the conditions of prosperity.

Publication date: 13/02/2020

£25.00

ISBN: 9781781258088

Imprint: Economist Books

Subject: Current Affairs, History & Classics, Politics & Economics

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The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

A panoramic history of trade, industry and economic thought, from prehistoric times to the present.

'Big and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible and mercifully free of jargon'
Sunday Times

More tracks the development of the world economy, starting with the first obsidian blades that made their way from what is now Turkey to the Iran-Iraq border 7000 years before Christ, and ending with the Sino-American trade war that we are in right now.

Taking history in great strides, More illustrates broad changes by examining details from the design of the standard medieval cottage to the stranglehold that Paris's three belt-buckle-making guilds exercised over innovation in the field of holding up trousers. Along the way Coggan reveals that historical economies were far more sophisticated than we might imagine - tied together by webs of credit and financial instruments much like the modern economy.

Coggan shows how, at every step of our long journey, it was connections between people - allowing more trade, more specialisation, more ideas and more freedom - that always created the conditions of prosperity.

Publication date: 13/02/2020

£14.99

ISBN: 9781782833390

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B01MZC0AEM

Imprint: Economist Books

Subject: Current Affairs, History & Classics, Politics & Economics

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The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

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A panoramic history of trade, industry and economic thought, from prehistoric times to the present.

'Big and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible and mercifully free of jargon'
Sunday Times

More tracks the development of the world economy, starting with the first obsidian blades that made their way from what is now Turkey to the Iran-Iraq border 7000 years before Christ, and ending with the Sino-American trade war that we are in right now.

Taking history in great strides, More illustrates broad changes by examining details from the design of the standard medieval cottage to the stranglehold that Paris's three belt-buckle-making guilds exercised over innovation in the field of holding up trousers. Along the way Coggan reveals that historical economies were far more sophisticated than we might imagine - tied together by webs of credit and financial instruments much like the modern economy.

Coggan shows how, at every step of our long journey, it was connections between people - allowing more trade, more specialisation, more ideas and more freedom - that always created the conditions of prosperity.

Publication date: 13/02/2020

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782836858

Imprint: Economist Books

Subject: Current Affairs, History & Classics, Politics & Economics

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The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

'A majestic must-read' - Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England

There are 17 ingredients in a typical tube of toothpaste, from titanium dioxide to xanthum gum, and that's not counting the tube. Everything had to come from somewhere and someone had to bring it all together. The humblest household product reveals a web of enterprise that stretches around the globe.

More is the story of how we spun that web. It begins with the earliest glimmerings of long-distance trade - obsidian blades that made their way from what is now Turkey to the Iran-Iraq border 7,000 years before Christ - and ends with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. On such a grand scale, quirks of historical perspective leap out: futures contracts and commercial branding are among the many seemingly modern components of the global economy have existed since ancient times. Yet it was only in the 18th century that a cascade of innovations began to drive up prosperity in a lasting way around the world.

To piece this fascinating saga together, Philip Coggan takes the reader inside medieval cottages and hi-tech hydroponic farms, prehistoric Chinese burial mounds and modern central banks. At every step of our journey, he finds that it was connections between people that created our wealth. Will the same openness continue to serve us in the 21st century?

Publication date: 07/01/2021

£10.99

ISBN: 9781781258095

Imprint: Economist Books

Subject: Current Affairs, History & Classics, Politics & Economics

Reviews for More

'How did humanity transform the world over the last 10,000 years? Philip Coggan provides a comprehensive and lucid account'

Martin Wolf FT books of summer 2020

'Coggan is one of the best financial journalists of his generation ... This is a grown-up book that is not suitable for adolescent Twitter warriors of the left or right'

James Kirkup Times

'Big and timely ... Coggan's account of the rise of the world economy is accessible and mercifully free of jargon'

 Sunday Times

Philip Coggan

Philip Coggan

Philip Coggan writes the Bartleby column for Economist and is the former writer of the Buttonwood column. Prior to joining Economist he worked for the Financial Times for 20 years. In 2009, he was voted Senior Financial Journalist of the Year in the Wincott awards and best communicator in the Business Journalist of the Year Awards. Among his books are The Money Machine, a guide to the city that is still in print after 25 years and The Economist Guide to Hedge Funds. His book Paper Promises was Spears' business book of the year in 2012.