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Connecting the Indian Ocean World Across Sea and Land

Edited By Radhika Seshan, Ryuto Shimada Copyright 2023
    142 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    142 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    142 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

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    The Indian Ocean world has a rich history of socio-economic and cultural exchanges across time and space. This book and its companion, Merchants and Ports in the Indian Ocean World, explore these connections around the wider Indian Ocean world.

    The book examines the many overlapping linkages that existed from the early modern period and into the colonial era. It offers a clear understanding of the economic networks that extended across the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic during the 19th century. With a critical historical lens, the volume discusses themes like the opium trade in the Malay-Indonesian Archipelago – the biggest opium trade market at the time; the Safavid mission to Siam; and the economic relationship between Pondicherry and West Africa, via France.

    Rich in archival material, this book will be of interest for scholars and researchers of Indian Ocean history, maritime history, Indian history, economic and commercial history, South Asian history, and social history, anthropology, and trade relations in general.

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    List of Contributors

    Introduction: Connections in the Indian Ocean World

    Radhika Seshan and Ryuto Shimada

    PART I

    Connections by Sea

    1 Markets and Competition: Opium Trade in the Malay-Indonesian Archipelago from the Late Seventeenth to the Early Eighteenth Century

    Shohei Okubo

    2 Safavid Mission to Siam and the Indian Ocean World in the Late Seventeenth Century

    Tomoko Morikawa

    3 West Africa and France in the Rebuilding of Pondicherry after 1816: The Case of Textile Industry

    Kazuo Kobayashi

    4 Circulation of the Kachchhi Bhatiya in the 19th Century: Towards the Indian Ocean World History

    Hideaki Suzuki


    Hinterland Connections

    5 Ports, Markets, Commercial Networks, and Politics: Case of Tal (South) Konkan in the 17th Century

    Neelambari Jagtap

    6 Hinterland Connections in 18th-Century North Konkan: Secondary Ports, Coastal Connections, and Internal Markets

    Sumitra Kulkarni

    7 Inland Trade Networks under the Marathas in the 18th–19th Century: With Special Reference to Indāpūr Pargaṇā in Puṇe Subhā

    Michihiro Ogawa



    Radhika Seshan is former head and retired professor of the Department of History, Savitribai Phule Pune University, and is now visiting faculty at the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune, India. Her work has been primarily in the areas of economic history, particularly maritime and urban history of early modern India. Author of three books, she has edited or co-edited many others, and her most recent publication is Wage Earners in India 1500–1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context, co-edited with Jan Lucassen (2022).

    Ryuto Shimada is associate professor, Department of Asian History, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo. The author of The Intra-Asian Trade in Japanese Copper by the Dutch East India Company during the Eighteenth Century (2006), he has published extensively in Japanese and in English on aspects of the networks of the Indian Ocean world in the early modern age.