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The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran : Silk for Silver, 1600-1730 - Rudolph P. Matthee

The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran

Silk for Silver, 1600-1730

Hardcover Published: 28th January 2000
ISBN: 9780521641319
Number Of Pages: 316

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This book considers the economic, social and political importance of the silk trade in Safavid Iran. It focuses on four aspects of this trade: the role of silk in Iranian commercial policy, the interaction between agents of the state and foreign merchants, the routes along which silk was transported and, critically, the economic and social difficulties that contributed to the collapse of the regime in the 1720s. This represents a major contribution to the current debates on the social and economic history of the premodern world.

'... this book represents a contribution of whose parameters and paradigm any future study of Safavid Iran which purports to offer a comprehensive analysis of the period will have to take account.' Journal of Semitic Studies 'The book is well documented and insightful and manages to go beyond its seemingly narrow limits, to become an important contribution in the study of Safavid Iran.' Acta Orientalia 'Professor Matthee's study is a major contribution to the economic history of Safavid Iran.' Scandinavian Economic History Review '... a nuanced and well-argued analysis of the complex and changing relationship between the Safavid state and trade.' Studia Orientalia

Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on transliteration
List of abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
The Iranian silk trade: from the Silk Road to the Safavids
Procedures, logistics, finances
Shah 'Abbas I and the Safavid political economy: territorial expansion, anti-Ottoman diplomacy, and the politics of silk
Government control and growing competition: the silk export monopoly and the advent of the European maritime companies
The complications of privatization: from the abolition of the silk export monopoly to the peace of Zuhab, 1629 1639
Conflict and reorientation: silk to silver, 1640 1667
Renewed regulation and the rise of the Russian connection, 1660s 1690s
Contraction and continuity, 1690 1730
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521641319
ISBN-10: 0521641314
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 28th January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64