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The Rise of Merchant Empires
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European dominance of the shipping lanes in the early modern period was a prelude to the great age of European imperial power in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yet in the present age we can see that the pre-imperial age was in fact more an 'age of partnership' or an 'age of competition' when the West and Asia vied on even terms. The essays in this volume examine, on a global basis, the many different trading empires from the end of the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century.

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‘It provides an excellent starting point for those who seek to understand the economic relationship between Europe and the rest of the world and adds considerably to our understanding of long-distance trade in the early modern period.’

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