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I am trying to find a book that covers human history with a special focus on economics. It should answer questions like:

  • What economic systems prevailed during which eras?
  • How did these systems work in detail?
  • How did economic organization evolve (Not just since the industrial revolution)?
  • Were there civilizations which particularily focused on economic development?

It should NOT be a history of economic thought, like e.g. Niall Kishtainy's "A little history of economics".

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Rondo Cameron's A Concise Economic History of the World may be helpful. I read an early edition many years ago and it certainly is primarily economic history rather than history of economic thought. One limitation however, identified in this review, is that despite its title it focuses mainly on Europe.

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Only book I can think of is The Economics Book Big Ideas simply explained. But as the tittle says it is about Ideas and not the economic system of different civilizations. And everything is explained "SIMPLY".

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Maybe also "Why nations fail" from Daron Acemoglu!

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https://mobile.audible.com/pd/History/An-Economic-History-of-the-World-since-1400-Audiobook/B01K4ZNTFS?ref=msw_search_c1_0_1_AN

I recommend this — there isn’t a written format. You can choose Amazon Video, Audible Audiobook, or DVD.

Highly recommended, however.

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I would suggest Felipe Fernandez-Armesto and The World: a History

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/013113499X

It is an easy read and is rather less eurocentric. Starts from the close ancestors of humankind, has a good emphasis on early societies and definitely brilliant reading list at the end of every chapter.

Also, in addition to Acemoğlu, Jared Diamond and Gregory Clark would be a good start. The books are called "guns, germs and steel" and "a farewell to alms" respectively.

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