What was the mita? What was the meaning of the phrase “as rich as Potosí”? What factors determined how “well or badly” “one did” at Potosí? Who were Creoles? What city does Brook think was the “nexus” of the European and Chinese economies in the 16th and 17th centuries? On what did one priest blame the frequent fires in the Parián of Manila? What role did Acapulco play in world commerce of the 17th century? What does Timothy Brook say devastated China in the 1640s?
The book Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by the Canadian historian and sinologist Timothy Brook.
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