Kenneth Pomeranz is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, his first book Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North Chine, 1853-1937, won the John King Fairbank award of the American Historical Association as the book of the year in modern East Asia history (back cover).
Pomeranz's subject of interest is China whereas Topic concentrated more on the history of Latin America.
The book reads like a fiction, the chapters are in chronological order and the book is divided into small articles that focus mainly "on the nature of the world economy and the forces that shape it." The chapters are simple and easy to understand. The stories in The World that Trade Created were first published in the column "Looking Back" that were compiled by "Will Swaim", but later they were brought together and arranged in the form of a book by Pomeranz and Topic.
The book begins by highlighting the early modern markets and how they functioned, moreover it examines the significance of drugs for example "coffee, tobacco and opium" on trade market and how transportation played a vital role in further developing and enhancing business growth and commerce to far-away markets.
The essays provide valuable information regarding the role of trade markets of places like Asia, America, Europe, Africa and Aztec, and the different products named, sugar, coffee, potato, corn, and silver, rubber and many raw materials that became useful commodities for the businessmen.
The themes of the book are intriguing and evoke a favorable response from the reader, for instance, the description of the origin of coffee, the association between drug market and tea and the slave trade etc is worth readi ...