Portuguese Trade in Asia under the Habsburgs, 1580-1640 Paperback / softback
This fascinating history reassesses the consequences of Portugal's flourishing private trade with Asia, including increased tensions between the growing urban merchant class and the still-dominant landed aristocracy.
James C. Boyajian shows how Portuguese-Asian commerce formed part of a global trading network that linked not only Europe and Asia but also-for the first time-Asia, West Africa, Brazil, and Spanish America.
He also argues that, contrary to previous scholarly opinion, nearly half of the Portuguese-Asian trade was controlled by New Christians-descendants of Iberian Jews forcibly converted to Christianity in the 1490s.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 360 pages, 4 Maps; 2 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
- Publication Date: 11/01/2008
- Category: International trade
- ISBN: 9780801887543