The modernizing aspect of the economy in Europe began to roughly take shape in the 15th to 17th centuries. During this time, Europe develops an early capitalist economic structure. In particular, Eastern Europe's Baltic system of trade becomes integrated within a larger European world-system. This "world-systems theory" analysis draws upon much of Immanuel Wallerstein's as well as Fernand Braudel's work.
Louis S. Caiola III was born in New York City and lives in Watermill, New York. He is currently a senior at The Ross School in Easthampton, New York. He will be attending Cornell University in the fall of 2013.