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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