Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade: Political Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relations

By: Rajan Gurukkal

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India’s maritime contact with eastern Mediterranean and classical Rome (c. 1st century BCE–3rd century CE) has often been celebrated as ‘Indo-Roman trade’—a prominent theme in Indian historiography. Rajan Gurukkal critically rethinks this exchange relation—he argues that the expression ‘Indo-Roman trade’, when examined in the light of extant source material and theoretical insights, is a misnomer. Exchange of goods between the Mediterranean and the contemporaneous eastern world was a combination of multiple forms of exchanges in which trade was just one of many and was confined to Rome. Managing this ensemble was a highly collaborative, extensively networked, and document-based enterprise. It necessitated a stratified society, state system, and the entailing political economy of demand for luxury goods. Considering that such institutional and social structures were absent in contemporaneous peninsular India, this book dismisses the claims in south Indian historiography that early Tamil chieftains conducted overseas commerce. Neither there existed adequate naval technology to allow merchant bodies to conduct independent overseas trade nor was it necessary. Printed Pages: 330.

Title: Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade: Political Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relations

Author Name: Rajan Gurukkal

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Oxford University Press:

ISBN: 019946085X

ISBN 13: 9780199460854

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Size: 15 x 23 Cm

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