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Indian Merchants and Eurasian Trade, 1600–1750

Indian Merchants and Eurasian Trade, 1600–1750

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525978

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  • In this remarkable 1994 work of comparative economic history, Stephen Dale studies the activities and economic significance of the Indian mercantile communities which traded in Iran, Central Asia and Russia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The author uses Russian sources, hitherto largely ignored, to show that these merchants represented part of the hegemonic trade diaspora of the Indian world economy, thus challenging the conventional interpretation of world economic history that European merchants overwhelmed their Asian counterparts in the early modern era. The book not only demonstrates the vitality of Indian mercantile capitalism, but also offers a unique insight into the social characteristics of an Indian expatriate trading community in the Volga-Caspian port of Astrakhan.

    • Offers a new interpretation of world economic history in the early modern era
    • A comparative analysis which studies the economies of India, Central Asia, Iran and Russia
    • Based on a remarkable, but hitherto largely ignored, collection of Russian documents which are best extant sources for research
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    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525978
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    l. An Indian world economy
    2. India, Iran and Turan in 1600
    3. The Indian diaspora in Iran and Turan
    4. Indo-Russian commerce in the early modern era
    5. The Indian diaspora in the Volga basin
    6. Imperial collapse, mercantilism and the Mughul diaspora.

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    Stephen Frederic Dale, Ohio State University

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