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Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean: An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750 By Kirti Chaudhuri,

  • Title: Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean: An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750
  • Author: Kirti Chaudhuri
  • ISBN: 9780521285421
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before the age of Industrial Revolution, the great Asian civilisations whether located in the Middle East, India, South East Asia, or the Far East constituted areas not only of high culture but also of advanced economic development They were the First World of human societies This 1985 book examines one of the driving forces of that historical period the long chainBefore the age of Industrial Revolution, the great Asian civilisations whether located in the Middle East, India, South East Asia, or the Far East constituted areas not only of high culture but also of advanced economic development They were the First World of human societies This 1985 book examines one of the driving forces of that historical period the long chain of oceanic trade which stretched from the South China Sea to the eastern Mediterranean It also looks at the natural complement of the seaborne commerce, its counterpart in the caravan trade Its main achievement is to show how socially determined demand derived from cultural habits and interpretations operated through the medium of market forces and relative prices It points out the unique and limiting features of Asian commercial capitalism, and shows how the contribution of Asian merchants was valued universally, in reality if not legally and formally Professor Chaudhuri s book, based on than twenty years research and reflection on pre modern trade and civilisations, was a landmark in the analysis and interpretation of Asia s historical position and development.
    Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to Before the age of Industrial Revolution the great Asian civilisations whether located in the Middle East India South East Asia or the Far East constituted areas not only of high culture but also o

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    1. Somewhat turgid, and unappealing a bit pretentious He argues against Ricardo s view that trade has always to be explained in terms of price differential on the supply production side that, in the period and area under discussion, exchange was shaped by the social and political systems of different civilizations and their attitudes towards one another that is, that the influence of demand factors was overwhelmingly important 222.

    2. I knew very little of the Indian ocean trade beforehand and found this book to be enlightening if a bit dry It seems to convey a good sense of its history on a subject that seems to be short of books on it.

    3. I don t really know what I think of Chaudhuri s work To make matters worse, this is my second time though this book I think , and I still don t know Maybe time number three will make everything clear to me.It is all very interesting, to be sure Chaudhuri informs the reader of all sorts of interesting information about the greater Indian Ocean world You may have noticed from the title, though, that this covers about a thousand years, and I still am not sure that this was an appropriate length of [...]

    4. Good introduction to the Indian Ocean trade and how it evolved in the pre Raj era It had a lot of carefully researched detail on the mechanics of the trade, how it was executed, how it interacted wtih people and institutions, etc However, there was not a lot of big picture connections I didn t really get a scale for how Indian Ocean trade compared in scope to trade networks elsewhere in the world or in time It also didn t address the roots of big meta questions such as why Europe was able to tak [...]

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