Why Did Europe Conquer the World?

TitleWhy Did Europe Conquer the World?
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHoffman, Philip T.
Number of Pages272
PublisherPrinceton University Press
CityPrinceton
Abstract

In vivid detail, Hoffman sheds light on the two millennia of economic, political, and historical changes that set European states on a distinctive path of development and military rivalry. Compared to their counterparts in China, Japan, South Asia, and the Middle East, European leaders—whether chiefs, lords, kings, emperors, or prime ministers—had radically different incentives, which drove them to make war. These incentives, which Hoffman explores using an economic model of political costs and financial resources, resulted in astonishingly rapid growth in Europe's military sector from the Middle Ages on, and produced an insurmountable lead in gunpowder technology. The consequences determined which states established colonial empires or ran the slave trade, and even which economies were the first to industrialize. —Publisher's copy.

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