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Diaspora Entrepreneurial Networks : Four - Ina Baghdiantz & Harlaftis, McCabe

Diaspora Entrepreneurial Networks


Paperback Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9781859738801
Number Of Pages: 464

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Diasporas - large-scale ethnic migrations - have been a source of growing concern as we try to understand the nature of community, identity and nationalism. Traditionally, diaspora communities have been understood to be pariah communities, and most work on diasporas has focused on specific groups such as the Jewish or African Diaspora. This book is unique in arguing against traditional intrepretations and in taking a comparative look at a range of diasporas, including the Jewish, Arab, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Maltese, Greek and Armenian diasporas. Taking the past four centuries into consideration, the authors examine diaspora trading networks across the globe on both a regional and international level. They investigate the common patterns and practices in the enterprises of diaspora peoples and entrepreneurs. The regions covered include Western Europe, the Mediterranean, South West Asia and the Indian Ocean, and South East Asia. Diaspora trading groups connected through global networks were crucial to international trade well before the twentieth century, yet because they were not part of established institutions they have remained elusive to economists, sociologists and historians. Through an understanding of diaspora trading networks, we learn not only about diaspora communities but also about the roots of the modern global economy.

'Students of economic development have reason to be grateful for this new book on diasporas-not only the performance of traditional minority groups such as Jews and Calvinists, but a wide historical range of expatriate groups who leave home and make the most of economic opportunity in other lands. This is a major theme, of particular importance to those who want to understand why some countries have done so much better than others in global competition. A must read.' David Landes, Professor of History and Economics Emeritus, Harvard University 'Diaspora communities are important drivers of today's global economy. This highly original collection of essays reveals the rich history of this phenonomen. The book opens up a new dimension of the business history of globalization with fascinating studies of the roles of Armenian, Greek, Jewish, Chinese and other entrepreneurial networks.' Geoffrey Jones, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School 'The book comes as a significant contribution to a number of studies that aim to analyze commercial networks in this comparative framework. The book consists of a plethora of case studies that the editors Baghdiantz McCabe, Harlaftis and Pepelasis Minoglou have skillfully selected. The book is an extremely interesting collection of essays that is bound to inform but also inspire new research in the history of diaspora trading networks.' EH.Net online

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Tribute to Professor Frank Broezep. xv
Introductionp. xviii
Diasporas in Early Modern Eurasian Trade
Diasporas Jewish and non-Jewish and the World Maritime Empiresp. 3
Global Trading Ambitions in Diaspora: The Armenians and their Eurasian Silk Trade, 1530-1750p. 27
Trading Networks in a Traditional Diaspora: Armenians in India, c. 1600-1800p. 51
The Seventeenth-century Japanese Diaspora: Questions of Boundary and Policyp. 73
Coping with Transition: Greek Merchants and Shipowners between Venice and England in the Late Sixteenth Centuryp. 95
Maltese Entrepreneurial Networksp. 125
Diasporas in Modern Eurasian Trade
Mapping the Greek Maritime Diaspora from the Early Eighteenth to the Late Twentieth Centuriesp. 147
Toward a Typology of Greek-diaspora Entrepreneurshipp. 173
Jewish Bankers 1850-1914: Internationalization along Ethnic Linesp. 191
Middle-eastern Entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, c. 1750-c. 1940p. 217
Globalizing Ethnicity with Multi-local Identifications: The Parsee, Indian Muslim and Sephardic Trade Diasporas in Hong Kongp. 245
The Trade Diaspora of Baghdadi Jews: From India to China's Treaty Ports, 1842-1937p. 269
Western Corporate Forms and the Social Origins of Chinese Diaspora Entrepreneurial Networksp. 287
Irrational Exuberance: The Fatal Conceit of Chinese Financial Capitalism in Contemporary Indonesiap. 313
Perspectives on Diaspora
Diaspora Networks in the Asian Maritime Contextp. 353
A Profile of Ethno-national Diasporasp. 359
Greek Merchant Networks in the Age of Empires (1770-1780)p. 371
The Concept of 'Diaspora' in the Contemporary Worldp. 383
Epilogue In Memoriam
A Scottish Merchant in Batavia, (1820-1840): Gilean Maclaine and Dutch Connectionsp. 393
Indexp. 415
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ISBN: 9781859738801
ISBN-10: 185973880X
Series: Business, Culture and Change
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 2