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  • Striking ... The work underlines how the past 50 years' surge of globalisation has built on the previous wave that started nearly 200 years ago ... A compelling picture of the societies that drove steam globalisation.

    Robert Wright, Financial Times
  • In the great opening up of the world that is his subject, the port cities were the hinges ... an enjoyable synthesis of a large body of scholarship.

    The Economist
  • A fine, important and original book ... wonderful.

    Paul Kennedy, Literary Review

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