2.大帽子:描述這頂貴森森的海狸帽如何支撐著歐洲人探險傳說中的東方中國的經費(其實只到美洲); 講述到探險家一開始接受印地安人的幫助(OS:感恩節的由來), 進一步為了獨攬貿易權, 與聽話部落結盟手法靠新武器佔領了其他部落,也埋下苦難印地安人命運之路
3.牆上大地圖: 代表風靡一時的探險主要地點是北美洲(其實它只是部份探索五大湖區而已, 故地圖有誤)
A great combination of art and economic history.
The book is really very clever: take a few details from Vermeer's paintings and use them as the starting point for looking at what was going on in the globe in the XVII century, the year when, according to the author, globalization really got going. A slight pity is that since Brook is a sinologist he tends to give to China an importance that is a bit too central, leaving aside other really important elements of trade in the 1600s, which get just a few passing comments -- like spices, for example, or the importance of the Ottoman empire, or the madness inspired by tulips. Thus, the book is slightly incomplete, but still a very worth while read, entertaining and instructive at the same time....Continua