• Angela SchottenhammerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)


While former studies have primarily concentrated on geographical sub-regions or thematic aspects, we pursue what may be considered a nascent field of Asian and Indian Ocean Studies (including the Asia-Pacific), namely the examination of intra- and trans-regional connections, of Asian and IOW interactions over the longue durée. The introduction addresses some key problems and definitions in historical debates about the topic, for example the traditional centre/empire-periphery model, Eurocentric views and the role of the Europeans, as far as changes in the IOW are concerned, or concepts of Indianization, Sinicization or Europeanization and colonization. It also specifically discusses the role of trade in China in the early fifteenth century when private maritime trade was officially prohibited.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Research Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC)McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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