Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750

ISBN-10: 0521285429

ISBN-13: 9780521285421

Edition: 1985

Authors: K. N. Chaudhuri
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Description: Before the age of Industrial Revolution, the great Asian civilisations - whether located in the Middle East, India, South-East Asia, or the Far East - constituted areas not only of high culture but also of advanced economic development. They were the First World of human societies. This book examines one of the driving forces of that historical period: the long chain of oceanic trade which stretched from the South China Sea to the eastern Mediterranean, passing through a series of rich urban emporia. It also looks at the natural complement of the seaborne commerce, its counterpart in the caravan trade. In analytical terms, the book emphasises the methods of multi-dimensional history by highlighting the intricate relationship between space, time and structure. Its main achievement is to show how socially determined demand derived from cultural habits and interpretations operated through the medium of market forces and relative prices. It points out, for the first time, the unique and limiting features of Asian commercial capitalism, and shows how the contribution of Asian merchants was valued universally, in reality if not legally and formally. Professor Chaudhuri's book, based on more than twenty years' research and reflection on pre-modern trade and civilisations, is a landmark in the analysis and interpretation of Asia's historical position and development.

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List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/7/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
General Problems and Historical Events
Trade and civilisation in the Indian Ocean: social, cultural, economic, and temporal dimensions
The rise of Islam and the pattern of pre-emporia trade in early Asia
The Portuguese seaborne empire in the Indian Ocean
The Dutch and English East India companies and the bureaucratic form of trade in Asia
Emporia trade and the great port-towns in the Indian Ocean
Structure and la longue durTe
The sea and its mastery
Ships and shipbuilding in the Indian Ocean
The land and its relationship with long-distance trade
Commodities and markets
Capital and trade in the Indian Ocean: the problem of scale, merchants, money and production
Conclusion
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