Merchants, Companies and Trade

Europe and Asia in the Early Modern Era

Merchants, Companies and Trade

The main objective of this book is to dispel some of the conventionally-held views surrounding trade between Europe and Asia in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. For instance, through a comparative and comprehensive study of merchant communities, markets and commodities, the individual authors demonstrate that Asian merchants were in no way inferior to Europeans in terms of their commercial operations and business acumen. The book as a whole attempts to view trade between Europe and Asia in its totality and emphasizes similarities rather than differences in the two regions.


"This book is designed to change some of the entrenched historiography..." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"a welcome addition to the...literature on trade between Europe and Asia in the early modern period." Journal of Economics

" is nonetheless a service to the field to have these contributions by important scholars available for incorporation into the stream of discussion." The International History Review