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Colbert, mercantilism, and the French quest for Asian trade

Author: Glenn Joseph Ames
Publisher: DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, 1996.
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This revisionist examination of French trade with Asia analyzes the concerted attempt of France under Louis XIV to establish a mercantile empire in the East by breaking into the lucrative market of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on archival sources from Paris, Lisbon, London, The Hague, and Goa, Ames offers a new interpretation of Bourbon France's mercantilism in the context of the rise of the world market economy of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Named Person: Jean Baptiste Colbert; Jean Baptiste Colbert; Jean Baptiste (Politiker 1619-1683) Colbert; Jean Baptiste Colbert; Jean Baptiste Colbert
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn Joseph Ames
ISBN: 0875802079 9780875802077
OCLC Number: 33406262
Description: xiv, 245 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: European Powers and the Asian Trade --
I. Paris, 1665: The Birth of a New Compagnie des Indes Orientales --
II. Surat, 1668: Initial Forays and Difficulties in the Asian Trade --
III. Paris, 1669: Shifting Priorities and the Escalating Anti-Dutch Campaign --
IV. London and Lisbon, 1670: Enemies or Allies in Europe and Asia? --
V. Surat, 1671: Advance and Indecision on the Eve of the Dutch War --
VI. Batavia and the Malabar Coast, 1672: Frustrated Alliances and a Frustrating Start to the Anti-Dutch Crusade --
VII. Paris, the Low Countries, and Trincomalee, 1672: Gloire in Europe, an Enigmatic Defeat on Ceylon --
VIII. The Coromandel Coast, Paris, and Flanders, 1673: Escalating Difficulties in Europe and Asia --
IX. Les Indes Orientales and Paris, 1674: Reconfirming Traditional Priorities in Europe; Establishing the Basis for the Postwar Trade in Asia --
Epilogue, 1675-1683.
Responsibility: Glenn J. Ames.
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This revisionist examination of French trade with Asia analyzes the concerted attempt of France under Louis XIV to establish a mercantile empire in the East by breaking into the lucrative market of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on archival sources from Paris, Lisbon, London, The Hague, and Goa, Ames offers a new interpretation of Bourbon France's mercantilism in the context of the rise of the world market economy of the early modern period. In addition to illuminating the politics behind Colbert's establishment of the East India Company and his creation of the royal fleet, Ames details France's efforts to reach an alliance with the English and Portuguese and the eventual failure of this enterprise. He further analyzes the significance of such a setback for French political and economic aspirations in Asia for the remainder of the seventeenth century. Evidence presented in this study sheds new light on the reign of Louis XIV, the mercantilist theories of Colbert, the origins of the Dutch War, and the Asian trading empires of the French, Dutch, English, and Portuguese during the late seventeenth century.

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