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I have just finished reading the book Taipan by James Clavell and I am fascinated by the history of International Trade and merchants and how they have affected the course of history. Can I get a recommendation of a good book about the history of International Trade and also a book with more of a focus on Asia/China?

A quick search on Amazon has turned up "A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World". Any other books out there that you would recommend?

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    Welcome to History SE! Any question that solicits sources, lists, discussion, or opinions is not appropriate for this site. Please ask if you have any specific questions! – American Luke Jul 29 '12 at 18:20
  • I am going to convert this to a community wiki. I can see some relevance in the request, but it doesn't truly fit our question/answer model. As Luke stated, asking for recommendations that result in a list or ongoing discussions doesn't really fit within our guidelines. – Steven Drennon Jul 30 '12 at 14:27
  • Assent Of Money? – Russell Aug 3 '12 at 16:55
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You can learn surprisingly much about the history of international trade from "Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective: Policies and Institutions for Economic Development in Historical Perspective", by Ha-Joon Chang.

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