Trading Tastes Commodity and Cultural Exchange to 1750

ISBN-10: 0131900072
ISBN-13: 9780131900073
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $41.40
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Trade and commerce have been primary forces in the dynamics of world history since before the dawn of agriculture. For better and for worse, trade has been a major factor in the exchange of foreign products, ideas, belief systems, modes of artistic expression, and even flora and fauna.

Foreword
Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
Trade
Why Trade?
Merchants
Trade and Commerce
Periodization
Trade Systems
Why Spice?
Why Salt?
Why Sugar?
Why Silk?
Connected Commodities
The Spice Trade
The Spice Paradox
Pepper
Cloves
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
The First Global Foods
The Spice Trade in Classical Times
The Spice Trade and Cross-cultural Interaction in the Classical Period
Romans in India
The Indianization of Southeast Asia
The Spice Trade in the Age of Islam
Cross-cultural Interaction in the Age of Islam
Europeans in the Indian Ocean
The Salt Trade
Introduction: China and West Africa
Salt in China
Chinese Salt Production
Salt and Governmental Power
Consequences of the Salt Monopoly
Salt in West Africa
West Africa's Sources of Salt
The Structure of the Trade
Salt and Cultural Change in the Savannahs
New Sources of Salt
Conclusions: Salt and Culture in China and West Africa
Sugar and Slavery
Sugar Cane and Sweet Foods
The Origins of the Plantation Complex
Sugar in the New World
Slavery and Sugar
Conclusion
The Silk Trade
Silk Production
Silk in China
Origins of the Silk Road
Roman Silk
Silk Production Outside of China
Silk and the Salvation Religions
Making Connections: How Much Have Things Changed?
Commerce Circa 1750
A Final Question
Modernity
The Age of Industry
A Twentieth-Century Turning Point?
The Age of the Shipping Container
Contemporary Information Technology
Bibliography
Index

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