World trade exploded in the nineteenth century, driven heavily by the economies of Britain and France. Between 1850 and 1870, how much did the value of world trade increase?

Answer: By 260%. By 1875, £1,000 millions had been invested abroad by Britain, while French foreign investment alone multiplied more than tenfold between 1850 and 1880.

Source: The Age of Capital by Eric Hobsbawm

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