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Week 4

Week 4: Crucible of Early Modern Empires

Mini Lecture
Core Seminar Readings

Primary Sources

Portrait of Teresia Sampsonia, Lady Shirley, by Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of Sir Robert Shirley, by Anthony van Dyck

Secondary Sources

Peter Good, ‘Introduction,’ in The East India Company in Persia: Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Eighteenth century (London: I.B. Tauris, 2022), FROM PAGE 9 TO 25 ONLY.

Robert T. Harrison, Chap. 1 ‘The Search for Trade,’ in Britain in the Middle East, 1619-1971 (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 121-140.

Jos Gommans, ‘Continuity and Change in the Indian Ocean Basin’, in: Jerry H. Bentley, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (eds.), The Cambridge World History, Volume 6: The Construction of a Global World, 1400-1800 CE, Part 1: Foundations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 182-209.

Joao Teles e Cunha, ‘The Portuguese Presence in the Gulf,’ in Lawrence G. Potter ed., The Persian Gulf in History (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 207-234.

Further Readings

Tonio Andrade, ‘Beyond Guns, Germs, and Steel: European Expansion and Maritime Asia, 1400-1750’, Journal of Early Modern History 14.1 (2010), 165-186.

Sebouh David Aslanian, From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011).

R.J. Barendse, The Arabian Seas: The Indian Ocean World of the Seventeenth Century (New Delhi: Vision Books, 2002).

Leonard Blussé, ‘Northern European Empire in Asia: The VOC’, in: Hamish Scott (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750, Volume II: Cultures and Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 227-253.

K.N. Chaudhuri, Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean World: An Economic History from the Rise of Islan to 1750 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985).

Holden Furber, Rival Empires of Trade in the Orient, 1600-1800 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1976).

Anna Jackson and Jaffer Amin, Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (London: V&A Publications, 2004).

Donald F., Lach and Edwin J. van Kley, Asia in the Making of Europe (3 vols. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1965-1993).

Michael Pearson (ed.), Trade, Circulation, and Flow in the Indian Ocean World (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Michael Pearson, , The Indian Ocean (London and New York: Routledge, 2003).

Om Prakash, European Commercial Enterprise in Pre-Colonial India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Stuart B. Schwartz (ed.), Implicit Understandings: Observing, Reporting, and Reflecting on the Encounters between Europeans and other Peoples in the Early Modern Era (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, ‘Taking Stock of the Franks: South Asian Views of Europeans and Europe, 1500-1800’, Indian Economic and Social History Review 42.1 (2005), pp. 69-100.

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, The Portuguese Empire in Asia, 1500-1700: A Political and Economic History (2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Giancarlo Casale, The Ottoman Age of Exploration (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

J. C. Sharman, Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019).

Charles H. Parker, Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Niels Steensgaard, The Asian Trade Revolution of the Seventeenth century: the East India Companies and the Decline of the Caravan Trade (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1973).

Marshall G. S. Hodgson, The Venture of Islam: Conscience and History in a World Civilization (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1974).

Stephen Frederic Dale, The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).