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Trading Tastes : Commodity and Cultural Exchange to 1750

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1st
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9780131900073

ISBN10:
0131900072
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Pub. Date:
9/20/2005
Publisher(s):
Pearson
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Summary

Trade and commerce have been primary forces in the dynamics of world history since before the dawn of agriculture. For better and for worse, trade has been a major factor in the exchange of foreign products, ideas, belief systems, modes of artistic expression, and even flora and fauna.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD x
SERIES EDITOR'S PREFACE xii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv
ABOUT THE AUTHORS xvii
INTRODUCTION 1(22)
Trade
1(1)
Why Trade?
2(3)
Merchants
5(3)
Trade and Commerce
8(5)
Periodization
11(1)
Trade Systems
12(1)
Why Spice?
13(2)
Why Salt?
15(3)
Why Sugar?
18(2)
Why Silk?
20(2)
Connected Commodities
22(1)
1 THE SPICE TRADE 23(32)
The Spice Paradox
23(5)
Pepper
24(2)
Cloves
26(1)
Nutmeg
27(1)
Cinnamon
27(1)
The First Global Foods
28(1)
The Spice Trade in Classical Times
28(2)
The Spice Trade and Cross-cultural Interaction in the Classical Period
30(5)
Romans in India
31(1)
The Indianization of Southeast Asia
32(3)
The Spice Trade in the Age of Islam
35(2)
Cross-cultural Interaction in the Age of Islam
37(2)
Europeans in the Indian Ocean
39(16)
2 THE SALT TRADE 55(29)
Introduction: China and West Africa
55(1)
Salt in China
56(1)
Chinese Salt Production
57(3)
Salt and Governmental Power
60(4)
Consequences of the Salt Monopoly
64(1)
Salt in West Africa
64(11)
West Africa's Sources of Salt
65(3)
The Structure of the Trade
68(2)
Salt and Cultural Change in the Savannahs
70(3)
New Sources of Salt
73(2)
Conclusions: Salt and Culture in China and West Africa
75(9)
3 SUGAR AND SLAVERY 84(28)
Sugar Cane and Sweet Foods
84(4)
The Origins of the Plantation Complex
88(6)
Sugar in the New World
94(3)
Slavery and Sugar
97(5)
Conclusion
102(10)
4 THE SILK TRADE 112(28)
Silk Production
112(4)
Silk in China
116(6)
Origins of the Silk Road
122(3)
Roman Silk
125(2)
Silk Production Outside of China
127(13)
Silk and the Salvation Religions
128(12)
5 MAKING CONNECTIONS: HOW MUCH HAVE THINGS CHANGED? 140(12)
Commerce Circa 1750
140(12)
A Final Question
142(1)
Modernity
142(2)
The Age of Industry
144(3)
A Twentieth-Century Turning Point?
147(1)
The Age of the Shipping Container
147(4)
Contemporary Information Technology
151(1)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 152 (5)
INDEX 157


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