The subject of The Wheels of Commerce is the development of mechanisms of exchangeshops, markets, trade networks, and bankingin the pre-industrial stages of capitalism.
Originally published in the early 1980s, Civilization traces the social and economic history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, although his primary focus is Europe. Braudel skims over politics, wars, etc., in favor of examining life at the grass roots: food, drink, clothing, housing, town markets, money, credit, technology, the growth of towns and cities, and more. The history is fascinating and made even more interesting by period prints and drawings. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.