The myth of early globalization: the Atlantic economy, 1500–1800

  title={The myth of early globalization: the Atlantic economy, 1500–1800},
  author={Pieter C. Emmer},
  journal={European Review},
  pages={37 - 47}
  • P. Emmer
  • Published 1 February 2003
  • History, Economics
  • European Review
In recent historiography, it has been argued that the expansion of Europe between 1500 and 1800 created a ‘system’ in the Atlantic by which the economies of Europe, West Africa and the New World were closely interconnected by trade and migration. However, the available evidence suggests that the economic implications of such a system were of marginal importance. Rather than boosting the economy, the ‘Atlantic System’ stimulated the expansion of European values and norms, such as private… 
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