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Smoke and Ashes: Opium's Hidden Histories
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Shankar Chaudhuri

Smoke and Ashes: Opium's Hidden Histories

Written in engaging language, Smoke and Ashes is a scholarly follow-up to the author’s famous Ibis trilogy, a collection of fiction that uses the opium trade as its backdrop. In Smoke and Ashes, the author draws on his years-long research...
The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Burak Bulkan

The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty

Centered around the story of the Sassoons, a Jewish family in Ottoman Baghdad that spanned two continents, this book is not only a family story but also a story of global trade and global capitalism. Although different members of the Sassoon...
The World of Sugar: How the Sweet Stuff Transformed Our Politics, Health, and Environment over 2,000 Years
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Shankar Chaudhuri

The World of Sugar: How the Sweet Stuff Transformed Our Politics, Health, and Environment over 2,000 Years

While granulated sugar was produced in India as early as the 6th century BCE, its usage for a long time remained limited to royalty or ceremonial purposes. It was not until the 13th century that sugar became a major commercial product throughout...
The Currency of Empire: Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Cameron Ruff

The Currency of Empire: Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America

Jonathan Barth argues that England expanded its empire overseas throughout the 1600s in order to collect precious metals and wealth. Barth’s thesis is that colonists tolerated economic subordination to England as long as they had political...
Insight Guides Silk Road (Travel Guide)
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Graham Squires

Insight Guides Silk Road (Travel Guide)

Over the last 20 years, there has been quite a boom in the publication of books about the Silk Road. The Silk Road would more accurately be referred to as the plural "Silk Roads," since it was a network of roads rather than a single highway...
Expansion and Global Interaction: 1200-1700
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Graham Squires

Expansion and Global Interaction: 1200-1700

Before he passed away in 2020, David Ringrose was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, San Diego. He was an expert on the history of Spain while also having an interest in world history at large. As the book's Preface...
Naukratis: Trade in Archaic Greece
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Athanasios Fountoukis

Naukratis: Trade in Archaic Greece

Naukratis: Trade in Archaic Greece is an edited and translated adaptation of Astrid Möller's doctoral thesis from 1990. She provides the first complete account of the archaeology and ancient history of Naukratis. The author has a wonderfully...
Trade, Traders and the Ancient City
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Athanasios Fountoukis

Trade, Traders and the Ancient City

This book on trade and commerce in antiquity is a blend of papers that originated from a conference at the University of St Andrews on 11 and 12 July 1995. Additional contributions were also made by several scholars. The project aims at a...
The Greeks in Asia
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by James Blake Wiener

The Greeks in Asia

Written by Britain's most esteemed historian of ancient Greek art and culture, Dr. John Boardman's The Greeks in Asia surveys the historical and cultural influence of the ancient Greeks in the Near East, the Indian Subcontinent, and Central...
The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies and Trade
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Mark Cartwright

The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies and Trade

The Phoenicians were one of the most influential ancient Mediterranean cultures, and so it is surprising how few general history books there are on the market which cover this fascinating civilization. In addition, of the few books generally...
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