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Commercial Networks in Modern Asia - Linda Grove

Commercial Networks in Modern Asia

Hardcover Published: 15th June 2001
ISBN: 9780700714193
Number Of Pages: 270

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This volume brings together an international team of scholars who examine the development of commercial networks in Asia from the 18th century to the 20th century on a stage that stretches from Yokohama and Pusan to Istanbul. The studies, based on extensive archival research, focus on the trading firms and merchant groups that were the chief actors in the creation of the commercial networks that crisscrossed Asia, linking the various Asian economies to each other and to Europe and the Americas. While some of this work has been available in Japanese, Chinese and Dutch, this is the first time that such a broad range of essays has been made available to an English-speaking audience.
The thirteen essays can be roughly divided into two groups. The first group includes essays that look at the development of large scale networks and plot the competition between competing indigenous and foreign merchant groups in the trade in such products as sugar and cotton yarn in China, cotton goods in Japan, silk in Iran, Japanese manufactures in Dutch Indonesia and rice and cotton in India. The second group of essays focuses on the activities of specific firms as a way to explore the development of trading networks. This group includes essays that look at the activities of Chinese and Japanese merchants in Korea, at the growth of a commercial empire built on the sale of patent drugs in Southeast Asia and at the activities of European trading firms in Asia.
The book should appeal to a wide-range audience. Most directly concerned are economic historians

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'An important contribution to the economic history of Asia.' - China Perspectives

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Maps
Introductionp. 1
Who Marketed Imported Textiles: The Japanese Casep. 15
Japanese Business Networks in Prewar Korea: The Case of the Enterprises of Kameya Aisukep. 39
Overseas Chinese Financial Networks and Koreap. 55
Inchon Trade: Japanese and Chinese Merchants and the Shanghai Networkp. 71
International Trade and the Creation of Domestic Marketing Networks in North China, 1860-1930p. 96
Decline or Prosperity? Guild Merchants Trading Across the Taiwan Straits, 1820s-1895p. 116
Marketing and Competition in China, 1895-1932: The Taikoo Sugar Refineryp. 140
Lineage Ties and Business Partnership: A Hong Kong Commercial Networkp. 159
Intra-Asian Marketing: Aw Boon-haw's Commercial Network, 1910-1937p. 171
Trust and Status in a Dual Regional Economy: Dutch Trading Companies in Japan's Prewar Trade with Southeast Asiap. 182
Up-country Purchase Activities of Indian Raw Cotton by Toyo Menka's Bombay Branch, 1896-1935p. 199
The English East India Company and Indigenous Trading Systems: The Grain Trade in Early Colonial Bengalp. 214
Trading Networks in Western Asia and the Iranian Silk Tradep. 235
Commentariesp. 251
Asian and Western Commercial Networks in Asia, 1850-1930: Dependence and Rivalryp. 251
Historical Evaluation of English Trading Firmsp. 257
Asian Trade Networksp. 261
List of Contributorsp. 265
Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780700714193
ISBN-10: 0700714197
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 15th June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.46  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1