Violent Traders: Europeans in Asia in the Age of Mercantilism

By: Dietmar Rothermund

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1st Edition. Contents: Preface. Introduction. 1. Preconditions: calibrated empiricism and widening Horizons. 2. Mercantilism: concepts and protagonists. 3. Trade and the uses of power. 4. Instruments of violence: armed ships and fortresses. 5. The venetian weir-basket: a model of captive trade. 6. Maritime protection rent: the Portuguese system. 7. The dutch: monopoly control and the freedom of the seas. 8. The British: international competition and an expanding home market. 9. The changing pattern of commodities: pepper, textiles and tea. 10. The quantitative and qualitative impact of Asian Trade on European economic development. 11. India, China and Japan in the age of mercantilism. 12. European bridgeheads in Asia: the changing functions of the factories of the East India Companies. 13. The new dimensions of Asian trade in the eighteenth century. 14. From mercantilism to power politics: British French rivalry for global hegemony. 15. The link between private capital and public Finance in England. 16. International trade and economic growth: theory and history. Bibliography. Index. During the transition from medieval to modern times Europe experienced a widening of horizons. Voyages of discovery took European seafarers to all parts of the globe. This implied a development of nautical skills and shipbuilding. A growing demand for Asian goods attracted traders who resorted to violence in order to procure these goods cheaply abroad. The mercantilists who provided the economic thought of those times conceived of trade as a zero-sum game. The gain of one party must be the loss of the other. Armed ships and fortresses were the instruments of well planned violence which fitted in with this doctrine. Captive trade under armed protection was introduced by the Republic of Venice which maintained a huge arsenal and equipped its swift galleys with naval artillery. The Portuguese projected the methods of violent trade onto the vast canvas of the Indian Ocean, forcing Asian traders to visit Portuguese fortified ports where they had to pay customs duties. The collection of protection rent proved to be very profitable. The Portuguese system declined when the Dutch and the British entered the Indian Ocean. They sold spices and textiles in auctions in Amsterdam and London and re-exported Asian goods at a great profit. The French joined this game late and then tried to take on the British in a struggle for global hegemony which they lost. The British then progressed from a commercial to an industrial revolution. Printed Pages: 198

Title: Violent Traders: Europeans in Asia in the Age of Mercantilism

Author Name: Dietmar Rothermund

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors: 2014

ISBN: 9789350980484

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1200668

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