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The Asian Trade Revolution : the East India Companies and the Decline of the Caravan Trade.

Author: Niels Steensgaard
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this work Neils Steensgaard combines an analytical economic approach with detailed historic scholarship to provide an imaginitive and important analysis of a central incident in modern world history. The event is the breaking of the Portuguese monopoly on Asian trade in the seventeenth century by English and Dutch mercantile interests. This change the author demonstrates, was not simply the triumph of the new  Read more...
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Steensgaard, Niels.
Asian Trade Revolution : The East India Companies and the Decline of the Caravan Trade.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Niels Steensgaard
ISBN: 9780226771458 0226771458
OCLC Number: 1048925365
Description: 1 online resource (442 pages)
Contents: Intro; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Fall of Hormuz, a Comparative Study; Chapter I. The Peddling Trade; The Pedlars; The Economy of the Peddling Trade; The Peddling Market; Chapter II. The Redistributive Enterprizes; Publicans and Thieves; Persia; The Ottoman Empire; Estado da India; The Redistributive Institutions and the Market; The Redistributive Enterprizes; Chapter III. The Companies; The East India Company and the English Crown; The East India Company in the International System; The United East India Company and the Dutch Republic. Power and Profit in the Policy of the United East India CompanyThe Companies and the Market; The Companies as Institutional Innovation; Chapter IV. The Fall of Hormuz; The Cape Route and the Caravan Routes around 1600; The Triumph of the Companies; The Reversal on the Levant Markets; The Fall of Hormuz; Part II. The Loss of Hormuz. People and Events; Chapter V. The Dream of a Great Alliance; The Persian Initiative and Anthony Sherley; The Christian Princes' Reply; The Replies come in, War begins; Seven Persian Ambassadors; The Course of the War and the Crisis of Confidence 1607-08. Chapter VI. Hormuz is the QuestionThe Carmelite Mission 1608; Robert Sherley; Anthony Sherley's Projects; The Augustinian Mission 1608; Robert Sherley in Rome and Spain; Janghiz Beg and Gouvea in Spain; In Persia 1608-13; The Crisis of Confidence 1613-15, Gombroon's Fall; Robert Sherley 1611-15; Chapter VII. The Loss of Hormuz; Sherley's Second Spanish Embassy 1617-22; Figueroa in Persia; British Beginnings; The Loss of Hormuz; Part III. After Hormuz; Chapter VIII. The Losers; The Demolishment of a Town; The Portuguese Attempt at Revenge; The Portuguese without Hormuz; Sherley's Last Journey. Chapter IX. The Attempt at Redirection of the Silk TradeThe Companies and the Persian Silk Trade; Silk Purchases in Persia; How Much?; Chapter X. Instead of Hormuz; The Rise of Bandar Abbas; The Companies and the ""Early Asian Trade; Conclusion; Appendix, Currency and Weights; Manuscript Sources; Printed Sources and Modern Works; Index.
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In this work Neils Steensgaard combines an analytical economic approach with detailed historic scholarship to provide an imaginitive and important analysis of a central incident in modern world history. The event is the breaking of the Portuguese monopoly on Asian trade in the seventeenth century by English and Dutch mercantile interests. This change the author demonstrates, was not simply the triumph of the new powers over the old. Rather, the Dutch--English victory heralded a structural change in international trade: the triumph of entrepreneurial capitalism over the older economic mode of the "peddler-merchant." Professor Steensgaard's study is divided into two major parts. The first examines the economic and political structure of the seventeenth century institutions in the Near East, Portugal, England, and the Netherlands. The author demonstrates that the rise to preeminence of the English and Dutch East India Companies over the Portuguese "State of India" was the result of the superior economic and bureaucratic organization of the former. The eclipse of Portuguese power in general, the author argues, is best understood as an institutional failure-an inability to adapt to changing patterns and demands of economic life. The second part of Professor Steensgaard's study provides a detailed historical account of an important event in the fall of the Portuguese trading empire-the loss of the city of Hormuz in 1622. Hormuz, located at a strategic point at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, was a central port city on the Asian trade route. It fell to an English and Persian force. The author demonstrates why this event exemplifies the Portuguese institutional weaknesses that are discussed in the first part of the book.

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