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Historians now theorize that Europeans served not as dominators, but as intermediaries for commercial goods — including silver, slaves, and manufactured goods — between these various regions.
Indeed, they argue that Europeans did not dominate global trade and politics until about 1800.
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Attention to the conquest of the Americas, the Enlightenment, the Atlantic slave trade, and expansion into Asia and Africa typically reinforce this interpretation.
However, recent analyses of this period do not place Europeans at the center of world affairs: they emphasize the importance of large, centralized states in China, West Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and India.
By the end of the eighteenth century, however, the silver web had begun to lose its luster.
Silver glutted the global market, which led to a decline in its value.
Where did the flow of silver begin and where did it end?
What were the powerful economic, demographic, and ecological forces that gave birth to world trade? This unit explores these questions by looking at converging forces in sixteenth-century Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Africa, which — taken together — created a global market for silver through maritime trade.
As at least one historian has noted, the fact that Spain's empire owed its financial foundation to China is a forceful reminder that — after about 1571 — much of what passes for local history can only be understood from the perspective of world history.