Early Global Interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World, Volume I

Commercial Structures and Exchanges

  • Angela Schottenhammer

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Angela Schottenhammer
    Pages 1-17
  3. Routes and Connections

  4. Commercial Crossroads and New Perspectives on Archaeological Evidence

  5. Official and Contraband Trade in the Nineteenth Century

  6. Diasporas, Trade, and Human Mobility

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 375-401

About this book


This volume investigates the emergence and spread of maritime commerce and interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World—the world’s first “global economy”—from a longue durée perspective. Spanning from antiquity to the nineteenth century, these essays move beyond the usual focus on geographical sub-regions or thematic aspects to foreground inter- and trans-regional connections. Analyzing multi-lingual records and recent archaeological findings, volume I examines mercantile networks, the role of merchants, routes, and commodities, as well as diasporas and port cities.


Indian Ocean world trade Commerce in the Indian Ocean Indian Ocean sea routes history of shipbuilding human movement human-environment interaction global economy development of mercantile networks diasporic communities spread of religions archaeological discoveries knowledge transfer history of Islam history of Buddhism Chinese maritime trade Mongol conquest Chinese ceramics East African trade opium trade

Editors and affiliations

  • Angela Schottenhammer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97666-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97667-9
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