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Cross-Cultural Trade in World History : Studies in Comparative World History - Philip D. Curtin

Cross-Cultural Trade in World History

Studies in Comparative World History

By: Philip D. Curtin, Michael Adas (Editor), Edmund Burke (Editor)

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Published: 3rd September 1984
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A single theme is pursued in this book - the trade between peoples of differing cultures through world history. Extending from the ancient world to the coming of the commercial revolution, Professor Curtin's discussion encompasses a broad and diverse group of trading relationships. Drawing on insights from economic history and anthropology, Professor Curtin has attempted to move beyond a Europe-centred view of history, to one that can help us understand the entire range of societies in the human past. Examples have been chosen that illustrate the greatest variety of trading relationships between cultures. The opening chapters look at Africa, while subsequent chapters treat the ancient world, the Mediterranean trade with China, the Asian trade in the east, and European entry into the trade with maritime Asia, the Armenian trade carriers of the seventeenth century, and the North American fur trade. Wide-ranging in its concern and the fruit of exhaustive research, the book is nevertheless written so as to be accessible and stimulating to the specialist and the student alike.

'The scope and sweep through time of Curtin's history is particularly attractive and valuable, since it provides perspective on a phenomenon which most historians have glimpsed only in small part. Indeed, the whole focus of Curtin's investigations is new to most of us. A really stimulating, pathbreaking work.' William H. McNeill, University of Chicago 'Once again, Philip Curtin has written a remarkable book - an account of how, throughout history, merchants and merchant groups have transcended the barriers of locality and parochialism to link together widely separate parts of the globe. A masterly study by a master historian.' Eric R. Wolf, City University of New York

List of illustrations
Preface
Trade diasporas and cross-cultural trade
Africa: incentives to trade, patterns of competition
Africa: traders and trade communities
Ancient trade
A new trade axis: the Mediterranean to China, circa 200 BC-AD 1000
Asian trade and the rise of Islam
The European entry into the trade of maritime Asia
Bugis, banians and Chinese: Asian traders in the era of the great companies
Overland trade of the seventeenth century: Armenian carriers between Europe and East Asia
The North American fur trade
The twilight of the trade diasporas
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521269315
ISBN-10: 0521269318
Series: Studies in Comparative World History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 3rd September 1984
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43