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1st Edition

Intra-Asian Trade and the World Market

ISBN 9780415546928
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

Intra-Asian trade is a major theme of recent writing on Asian economic history. From the second half of the nineteenth century, intra-Asian trade flows linked Asia into an integrated economic system, with reciprocal benefits for all participants. But although this was a network from which all gained, there was also considerable inter-Asian competition between Asian producers for these Asian markets, and those of the wider world.

This collection presents captivating snap-shots of trade in specific commodities, alongside chapters comprehensively covering the region. The book covers: China’s relative backwardness, Japanese copper exports, Japan’s fur trade, Siam’s luxury rice trade, Korea, Japanese shipbuilding, the silk trade, the refined sugar trade, competition in the rice trade, the Japanese cotton textile trade to Africa, multilateral settlements in Asia, the cotton textile trade to Britain, and the growth of the palm oil industry in Malaysia and Indonesia. The opening of Asia, especially in Japan and China, liberated the creative forces of the market within the new intra-Asian economy.

Filling a particular gap in the literature on intra-Asian trade prior to the twentieth century, this is an insightful study that makes a considerable contribution to our knowledge of the Asian trade both prior to, and after, the arrival of colonial states. It will be of great interest to historians and economists focusing on Asia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Mathias  1. China’s Overseas Trade Policy and its Historical Results 1540-1840 Shi Zhihong  2. The Golden Age of Japanese Copper: The Intra-Asian Copper Trade of the Dutch East India Company Ryuto Shimada  3. Inter-Asian Competition in the Fur Market in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries Chikashi Takahashi  4. The Japanese Acquisition of Maritime Technology from the United Kingdom Masami Kita  5. Inter-Asian Competition in the World Market for Silk, 1859-1929 Shinsuke Kaneko  6. Inter-Asian Competition in the Sugar Market, 1890-1941 Takashi Kume  7. Rival Merchants: The Korean Market in the Late Nineteenth Century Sooyoon Lee  8. The Rice Trade between Siam and Singapore in the Late Nineteenth Century: Tan Kim Ching and Siam 'Garden Rice' Toshiyuki Miyata  9. The Rangoon Gazette and Inter-Asian Competition in the Intra-Asian Rice Trade, 1920-1941 A.J.H. Latham  10. Japanese Competition in the Congo Basin in the 1930s Katsuhiko Kitagawa  11. Shifting Patterns of Multilateral Settlements in the Asia-Pacific Regions in the 1930s Masafumi Yomoda  12. Inter-Asian Competition for the British Market in Cotton Textiles: The Political Economy of Anglo-Asian Cartels, c.1932-1960 David Clayton  13. An Edible Oil for the World: Malaysian and Indonesian Competition for the Palm Oil Trade, 1945-2000 Susan Martin

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A.J.H. Latham retired as Senior Lecturer in International Economic History at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2003. His recent books include Rice: The Primary Commodity. He co-edited (with Kawakatsu) Asia Pacific Dynamism, 1550–2000 (both are published by Routledge)., Heita Kawakatsu is Vice-Director of the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, and Professor of Economic History there. His publications in Japanese include Japanese Civilisation and the Modern West, and he recently edited. A History of the Asia Pacific Economy, 1500–2000.


'A useful collection of papers on an important topic.' – The Economic History Review