The Global Economy: A Concise History traces the history of the global economy over the past thousand years. In doing so, it explores all the main waves of globalization, from the trade revolution of the Middle Ages, to the Great and Little Divergence between the West and the East, as well as the North and the South of the world.

This book examines the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars, and their respective consequences, as well as the interaction between technological shifts and the transition in geopolitical equilibria. The last chapters are dedicated to an in-depth examination of the transformation which occurred in the global economy after 1989. The chronological structure of the book is designed to help students memorize and understand key events. This book also discusses broader themes, such as convergence–divergence, growth and decline, development, and industrial revolutions.

This will make it of interest not only to students and academics, but to all readers wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the history and current state of the global economy.

1. The structural characteristics of preindustrial economies  2. The "Great Divergence"   3. New players, new institutions  4. The Industrial Revolution: technology and society  5. Why Europe? Why Britain?  6. An unstoppable process  7. A new world balance  8. The Western model and its limits  9. The first phase of globalization  10. The Great War: the end of a world  11. The post-war years: the age of insecurity  12. The crisis of capitalism  13. State intervention  14. The Second World War: "Creative Destruction"  15. Prosperity at last  16. Decolonization: lights and (many) shadows  17. From Keynes to neoliberalism  18. Third World, "Third Worlds" 19. The end of a great dream  20. Unstable leadership  21. Europe in search of an identity  22. The globalized world  23. A different kind of crisis?  24. In praise of history