A Complete Economic History of Commissions and Logistics

Toshiaki Tamaki
Publication Date: September 2022
List Price 2,200 JPY (10% consumption tax included)
ISBN:9784492681503 / Size:H188mm × W130mm / Softcover / 400 pages

A hegemonic nation is one that earns income without having to do anything.

Many countries have to use the system formed by hegemonic states. In order to participate in international economic activities, those nations must pay a commission. That system has been in place since the beginning of time.

That system took definite shape with the formation of capitalism. The Dutch in the early modern period made it clear, and the British in the modern period perfected it. American hegemony is a variant of the British one.

On the other hand, China is trying to form a different kind of hegemony through its Belt and Road Initiative. However, it is a policy aimed at becoming the center of "logistics" in the world. It has not been able to create a mechanism for "automatic" profit, and China, as a hegemonic power, may not be possible to establish it. But after the Russo-Ukrainian War, forming the "Eurasian Union of Hegemonic States" with Russia may change that conclusion.

In this book, the author reconsiders world history from the framework of commissions and capitalism. He then discusses the conditions for the formation of a hegemonic state.

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Hegemony is held by the nation that has built a system in which it can obtain "commissions" without doing anything. This book is a complete history of the "platform" economy from the beginning of humanity to the present day.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Powers That Create Platforms

Part 1: From the Formation of Civilization to the Expansion of Islam
Chapter 1: Hegemony from African Exodus to Mesopotamia
Chapter 2: The Formation of the Mediterranean World and the Role of the Greeks, Romans, and especially the Phoenicians
Chapter 3: The Expansion of Islam

Part 2: The Rise of China and the Challenge of Europe
Chapter 4: From the Birth of Chinese Civilization to the Later Han Dynasty
Chapter 5: From the Three Kingdoms to the Tang Dynasty
Chapter 6: From the Song to the Yuan Dynasty
Chapter 7: Europe Strikes Back
Chapter 8: Transmission of Commercial Information and Economic Growth
Chapter 9: The Transition of Hegemony from the Netherlands to Great Britain

Part 3: From European Domination to the New Cold War
Chapter 10: Ming and Qing China Incorporated into the World
Chapter 11: The United States Incorporated into the World
Chapter 12: European Expansion and Diaspora Peoples
Chapter 13: The Industrial Revolution and the World of Commission Capitalism
Chapter 14 From American Hegemony to Chinese Hegemony?

End Chapter: Signs of a Eurasian Union of Hegemonic States

Author Profile

Toshiaki Tamaki

Toshiaki Tamaki is a professor at the Faculty of Economics, Kyoto Sangyo University. He specializes in modern European economic history. Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1964, he graduated from the Graduate School of Doshisha University with a Master of Arts (Cultural History) and received his Ph.D. in Literature from Osaka University.
He is the author of "History of European Hegemony" and "Europe: A History of Prosperity in the 19th Century" (Chikuma Shinsho), "The Birth of Modern Europe" and "The Rise and Fall of the Maritime Empire" (Kodansha Sensho Metier), "The Rise and Fall of the 'Information' Empire" (Kodansha Gendai Shinsho), "The Making of Modern Europe" (Sogensha), "Diamond: A Global History of Desire" (Nikkei Publishing Inc.) and many others. His translations include Jacob Assa's "The Financialization of GDP" (Chisen Shokan).
世界最高の話し方 戦後経済史 世界一シンプルで科学的に証明された究極の食事 マーケターのように生きろ 東京貧困女子。