Portuguese Trade in Asia under the Habsburgs, 1580-1640, Paperback / softback Book

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:
  • Category: International trade
  • ISBN: 9780801887543



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