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The Silver Way: What's Past Is Present

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 4, 2019


(Image: Penguin Books)

AS/COA will hold an evening of culture and conversation on Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the early roots of trans-Pacific trade. Peter Gordon, co-author of The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815, will be presenting on the main themes of the book and discuss their relevance to contemporary affairs.  

Long before London and New York rose to international prominence, a trading route was discovered between Spanish America and China that ushered in a new era of globalization. The Ruta de la Plata, or Silver Way, catalyzed economic and cultural exchange, built the foundations for the first global currency, and led to the rise of the first "world city." And yet, for all its importance, the Silver Way is too often neglected in conventional narratives covering the birth of globalization. Gordon reestablishes its fascinating role in economic and cultural history, with direct consequences for how we understand China and its expanding role in the Western Hemisphere today.

Peter Gordon, editor of the Asian Review of Books, has lived in Hong Kong since 1985. A tech entrepreneur, he has been active in international trade and investment consulting, as well as in literature and culture. He writes regularly for the Hong Kong and Asian regional press on politics, culture, tech, and other subjects.

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