Indian Merchants Abroad: Integrating the Indian Ocean World during the early first millennium CE

Cobb, Matthew (2023) Indian Merchants Abroad: Integrating the Indian Ocean World during the early first millennium CE. Journal of Global History, 18 (3). ISSN 1740-0236

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Abstract

With the rise of post-colonialism during the latter twentieth century, more focus has been given to non-western perspectives (the so-called nativist turn). In the case of Indian Ocean trade from the during the early first millennium CE, the view that “Roman” merchants and sailors were the near exclusive movers of goods, who were also (indirectly) responsible for commercial developments within South Asia, has largely fallen into abeyance. Rightly, the agency of those in South Asia has been acknowledged. The present paper goes beyond this basic premise and considers how we can assess the evidence demonstrating the role played by sailors and merchants from South Asia. In particular, it is suggested these merchants and sailors played an important role in connecting the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal regions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ceramics; ships; trade; Indian Ocean; diaspora
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Matthew Cobb
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 14:57
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 13:20
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2475

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