The “Book of Will” of Petrus Woskan (1680-1751): Some Insights into the Global Commercial Network of the Armenians in the Indian Ocean

The “Book of Will” of Petrus Woskan (1680-1751): Some Insights into the Global Commercial... © 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient Brill

The “Book of Will” of Petrus Woskan (1680-1751): Some Insights into the Global Commercial Network of the Armenians in the Indian Ocean

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© 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

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Journal of the Economic and Social History of the OrientBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: TRUST; COMMENDA; OPPORTUNISTIC BEHAVIOR; MERCHANT NETWORK

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