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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.Read more
- A full-length exploration of the silk trade and commercial enterprise/trade routes in Safavid Iran
- Links in to similar studies on related empires such as the Mughal and Ottoman empires and will thus make serious contribution to debates
- Interdisciplinary connections with European, Ottoman, South Asian history/economic history which should encourage further sales
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"..an astonishing book...Aspelndid contribution to the period and to Middle Eastern economic history in general, this is a book upper-division and graduate students will want to keep within easy reach." ChoiceSee more reviews
"This book is an important study and an exceptionally good read." Jrnl of Anthropological Research
"...an important contribution to Safavid economic history, and it is a welcome addition to the scant literature that exists on Iran's early modern economy. It should be read by all scholars interested in the silk trade, as it gives an excellent account of the international importance of Iranian silk." American Historical Review
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- Date Published: June 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521028448
- length: 316 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 155 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.506kg
- contains: 7 b/w illus. 5 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Notes on transliteration
List of abbreviations
1. The Iranian silk trade: from the Silk Road to the Safavids
2. Procedures, logistics, finances
3. Shah 'Abbas I and the Safavid political economy: territorial expansion, anti-Ottoman diplomacy, and the politics of silk
4. Government control and growing competition: the silk export monopoly and the advent of the European maritime companies
5. The complications of privatization: from the abolition of the silk export monopoly to the peace of Zuhab, 1629–1639
6. Conflict and reorientation: silk to silver, 1640–1667
7. Renewed regulation and the rise of the Russian connection, 1660s–1690s
8. Contraction and continuity, 1690–1730
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