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The Fertile Crescent, 1800-1914: A Documentary Economic History by Charles Issawi (Hardback, 1988)
Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This is the first comprehensive history and economic analysis of the Fertile Crescent during the 19th century, a region currently encompassing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and a small part of Turkey. Presenting carefully selected documents--the majority drawn from British and French archives and here published for the first time, the balance translated from Ar This is the first comprehensive history and economic analysis of the Fertile Crescent during the 19th century, a region currently encompassing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and a small part of Turkey.
Presenting carefully selected documents--the majority drawn from British and French archives and here published for the first time, the balance translated from Arabic, French, German, Russian, Hebrew, Italian, and Turkish sources--Issawi provides an in-depth treatment of the economic life of the region, with chapters on social life and organization, trade, transport, agriculture, industry, and public and private finance.
Including extensive cross-references that pinpoint the connections between the subjects discussed, the book is an invaluable resource on a historically rich and dynamic region.
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Sort order. Jenny rated it it was amazing Nov 23, Sophie marked it as to-read Jan 23, Mira marked it as to-read Jul 23, These reports are the single most important source of the information on the Middle East posted here. The first phase of data collection is based on the reports of British consuls since many of those reports at least from the mid-nineteenth century onward have been printed in the British House of Commons papers, which have been digitised.
In the future, data collection will be broadened to include archival sources and reports from consuls of other countries. Some of the information in these reports has already been extracted by the great scholar Charles Issawi and printed in his books The Fertile Crescent, A Documentary Economic History, Economic History of Turkey, , and Economic History of Iran, We have also incorporated the findings of other scholars, as appropriate.
Increasing globalization has been an important trend in the last two centuries. An important underlying driver of globalization has been reductions in the cost of shipping goods and moving people around the world. In the nineteenth century, there were improvements in transportation across water and over land.
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In the Ottoman and Persian Empires, taxes were levied on trade that crossed provincial boundaries as well as on imports and exports. The volume of trade can, therefore, be measured within these empires as well as between these empires and other countries. The latter include India as well as Europe. The spread sheet shows the value of imports and exports into major economic centres.
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These data are ultimately based on the records of the custom houses concerned. Values have been expressed in British pounds sterling. The values in these tables are in current prices, that is, they have not been adjusted for inflation. The volume of imports and exports are one indicator of trade connections between the Middle East and the rest of the world. Prices are another indicator. When markets are integrated, merchants respond to a rise in price in one market by shipping goods to it from other markets in order to make a profit by selling at the high price.
When markets are well integrated, these shipments occur rapidly, so price gaps are eliminated quickly and prices become highly correlated across markets. Examining these correlations is one way to use prices to study market integration. In addition, price differences indicate the magnitude of the shipping and other costs of trading between the markets. As the efficiency of transportation increases, for instance, price gaps shrink. This is a second feature of market integration that can be studied with prices.
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