Jason, a loyal MR reader, asks me in an email:
What is a good economic history of commerce and trade? I’m looking for a book, preferably recent, with lots of historical examples of what trade policies can do. It would be a bonus if it integrated theory in with the examples, but that isn’t necessary. I’d also prefer a book written by an economist rather than a historian, since historians tend to get their theory wrong. Rosenberg’s How the West Grew Rich comes to mind, but I wonder about other examples.
I say "Ask and ye shall receive." You could try William J. Bernstein’s new A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World. Readers, do you have other suggestions?