This volume investigates the emergence and spread of maritime commerce and interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World―the world’s first “global economy”―from a longue durée perspective. Spanning from antiquity to the nineteenth century, these essays move beyond the usual focus on geographical sub-regions or thematic aspects to foreground inter- and trans-regional connections. Focusing on the role of religion in the expansion of commerce and exchange across the region, as well as on technology and knowledge transfer, volume II covers shipbuilding and navigation technologies, porcelain production, medicinal knowledge, and mules as a commodity and means of transportation.
“This volume provides a timely reminder that the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific was an active zone for millennia. The scholarly essays brought together by Angela Schottenhammer testify that the historical Indo-(Western) Pacific needs to be much better understood than ever before in our world of shifting power centres.” (Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore)
“This second installment of Schottenhammer’s Early Global Interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World expands beyond trade and its diaspora. Across the long stretch from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, or West Asia to East Asia, the plot is thickened with wide-ranging studies on the intertwining of religion, trade and state through time. Essays on the circulation of shipbuilding techniques, ceramics and medicines, whether continuous or episodic, display the surprising and forgotten wealth of exchanges that constituted the lifeblood of this pioneering stage of global interconnectivity. Both volumes lay the challenge of early globalization squarely at the doorstep of Chinese history.” (Engseng Ho, Professor of Anthropology and History, Duke University, USA)
About the Author
Angela Schottenhammer is Professor of Non-European History at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and Research Director and Adjunct Professor at the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University, Canada.