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Author Aslanian, Sebouh David.

Title From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean : the global trade networks of Armenian merchants from New Julfa / Sebouh David Aslanian.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Genocide Memorial Collection    955.95 ASL    Available
Description xx, 363 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series The California world history library ; 17
California world history library; 17.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-343) and index.
Contents From trade diasporas to circulation society -- Old Julfa, the great deportations, and the founding of New Julfa, 1604/1620 -- The new Julfan trade network I: the world of the Indian Ocean -- The New Julfan trade network II: the Mediterranean, Western European, and Russian Networks -- "The salt in a merchant's letter": the art of writing business correspondence, the courier system, and their role in Julfan economy and society -- Social capital, "trust" and the role of networks in Julfan trade: informal and semi-formal institutions at work -- The circulation of men and credit: the role of the commenda, the family firm and of non-circulating women in Julfan society -- From coalition to nation: the collapse and transformation of the Julfan trade network.
Summary Drawing on a rich trove of documents, including correspondence not seen for 300 years, this study explores the emergence and growth of a remarkable global trade network operated by Armenian silk merchants from a small outpost in the Persian Empire. Based in New Julfa, Isfahan, in what is now Iran, these merchants operated a network of commercial settlements that stretched from London and Amsterdam to Manila and Acapulco. The New Julfan Armenians were the only Eurasian community that was able to operate simultaneously and successfully in all the major empires of the early modern world--both land-based Asian empires and the emerging seaborne empires--astonishingly without the benefits of an imperial network and state that accompanied and facilitated European mercantile expansion during the same period. This book brings to light for the first time the transimperial cosmopolitan world of the New Julfans. Among other topics, it explores the effects of long-distance trade on the organization of community life, the ethos of trust and cooperation that existed among merchants, and the importance of information networks and communication in the operation of early modern mercantile communities--Book jacket.
Subject Merchants -- Armenia -- History -- Sources.
Julfa (Iṣfahān, Iran) -- Commerce -- History -- Sources.
ISBN 9780520266872 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520266870 (cloth : alk. paper)

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