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Early Exchange between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World

  • Gwyn Campbell
  • Provides a thoroughly interdisciplinary analysis of the history of economic and cultural growth in the region

  • Uses environmental history as a framework for analyzing the region's development

  • Includes leading experts in multiple fields, including history, political scientists, ethnographers, and economists


Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Carl Hughes, Ruben Post
    Pages 135-155
  3. Anneli Ekblom, Paul Lane, Chantal Radimilahy, Jean-Aime Rakotoarisoa, Paul Sinclair, Malika Virah-Sawmy
    Pages 195-230
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-378

About this book


This volume comprises a selection of essays by scholars from a variety of disciplines that discuss the exchange relationship between Africa and the wider Indian Ocean world (IOW), a macro-region running from East Africa to China, from early times to about 1300 CE. The rationale for regarding this macro-region as a “world” is the central significance of the monsoon system which facilitated the early emergence of long-distance trans-IOW maritime exchange of commodities, peoples, plants, animals, technologies and ideas.


Global Economy of the Indian Ocean World human-environment interaction in the Indian Ocean exchange relations in African history monsoons and the economy maritime networks Origins of the Malagasy

Editors and affiliations

  • Gwyn Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

About the editors

Gwyn Campbell is a Canada Research Chair, and Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre, at McGill University, Canada. He has published widely on Indian Ocean world themes, including An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750-1895 (2005) and David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar" (2012). He is currently completing a manuscript on Africa and the Indian Ocean world from early times to 1900. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Exchange between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World
  • Editors Gwyn Campbell
  • Series Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-33821-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81611-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-33822-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 378
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
    Social History
    Environmental Politics
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