By Fernand Braudel
The concluding quantity of the trilogy charts the expansion of the realm financial system from the 15th to the eighteenth century focusing on the human task that underlies the enterprise of lifestyles - the bustle of the marketplace, the good manipulators of capital, the labour of the slave, the peasant and manufacturing facility employees, the models of the wealthy and the increase of the nice monetary centres of Genoa, Venice, Amsterdam and London.
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But it was more often the case that apparently modest means were Divisions of Space and Time in Europe 45 ins idi ously used to manipulate dependent economies, and this goes, on the who le, for all the mechanisms of the world-economy, whether in the relations betw een core and periphery or within the core itself. For the centre of a world as indeed were the eco nom y was itself divided and subject to hierarchy in Palermo almost 'that consul, Russian a wrote , notorious' is 'It s. erie pe riph to define what he omits he But '61 .
The Hungarian preacher Martino Szepsi . 51 The backward regions on the fringes of Europe afford many examples of these marginal economies: 'feudal' Sicily in the eighteenth century; Sardinia, in any period at all; the Turkish Balkans; Mecklemburg, Poland, Lithuania - huge expanses drained for the benefit of the western markets, doomed to adapt their production less to local needs than to the demands of foreign markets ; Siberia, exploited by the Russian world-economy; but equally, the Venetian islands in the Levant, where external demand for raisins and strong wines, to be consumed as far away as England, had already by the fifteenth century imposed an intrusive monoculture, destructive of local balance.
China was always extending her frontiers and trespassing on to the 'barbaric' lands as the Chinese texts call them - for the Chinese view of these peoples was the same as that of the classical Greeks of A 'raw barbarian' : Chinese drawing representing a half-naked Cambodian holding a seashell. Engraving from the Che Kong Tu. ) non-Greek-speaking populations : the inhabitants of Vietnam and the East Indies were 'barbarians' . In Vietnam however, the Chinese made a distinction between those barbarians who had been touched by Chinese civilization and those who had not.
Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Volume 3: Perspective Of World by Fernand Braudel