A Geography of Commerce for Academies, High Schools, and Business Colleges (Classic Reprint)

A Geography of Commerce for Academies, High Schools, and Business Colleges (Classic Reprint)
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If some facts bearing upon the active commercial questions Of the day could be brought within the scope of a text-book, it would seem to supply a want. Among these questions are, the routes and grt of commerce, - the produc tion-centers and the markets Of the world, waterways and railways, and the increase of commerce as related to the growth of cities. The staple articles of commerce, their relative value and importance, would also deserve attention.

The need of such a book has been felt in giving pupils some ideas of the magnitude of the world’s production, in showing the interdependence Of nations for the necessities as well as the luxuries of life; and in presenting many facts of practical value relating to commerce.

While a Geography of Commerce deals mainly with the interchange Of com mercial products, it is also essential that the student should know something about the countries and localities where the raw materials are found, how the latter are obtained, what the processes of manufacture are, how interchange is effected, and what ratio home consumption bears to export. All these are important questions, that must be studied if practically useful knowledge is to be assimilated.

A due sense of perspective has dictated that the staple commodities which direct the world’s commerce should receive that greater share of attention which would be impossible were any exhaustive treatment of the countless products Of many lands to be attempted. The salient and vital facts which concern man’s activities are, after all, but few in number.

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