© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156852008X287558 Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 51 (2008) 67-98 www.brill.nl/jesho Th e “Book of Will” of Petrus Woskan (1680-1751): Some Insights into the Global Commercial Network of the Armenians in the Indian Ocean 1 Bhaswati Bhattacharya * Abstract Th is paper argues that “insider” material, preserved by the Armenians in the archives of the cathedral in New Julfa presents, by virtue of its logic, a one-sided, consensual picture. “Outsider” material contests this view and highlights the underlying conﬂ icts of interest that even existed among the core members of the network. Th e picture that emerges from this study points to a more dynamic, complex structure in which the multiple interests of individual members of family ﬁ rms, kin, and community members in diﬀ erent capacities were grafted into one. Loopholes in the system were visible as early as the 1720s, long before the center at New Julfa collapsed. Les archives arméniennes ont été conservées dans la cathédrale de la Nouvelle Julfa. Ces sources “internes” présentent, selon nous, une image partiale de consensus. L’examen minu- tieux des sources “externes” par contre fait ressortir des conﬂ its
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: TRUST; COMMENDA; OPPORTUNISTIC BEHAVIOR; MERCHANT NETWORK
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