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Trade and State in the Arabian Seas: A Survey from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century

Trade and State in the Arabian Seas: A Survey from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century Trade and State in the Arabian Seas: A Survey from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century r. j. barendse University of Leiden hile discussing some themes of my The Arabian Seas 1640 –1700 and considering wider implications as well, this essay touches on a number of broad topics, so that if readers are not familiar with the facts they will at least be able to comment on the theoretic casting of this article. There are disadvantages, though, to writing in this man- ner. Some readers will feel that I skim some topics too easily, often because I’m trying to voice broad questions for further research. How- ever—to quote a useful truism—voicing the right question is half the research. But, however beautiful the questions, for the early modern period we often simply do not have the evidence to answer. This particularly applies to figures. If I’m permitted to quote myself on a time and place for which we dispose of reams and reams of statistics: “They are like drugs: you want ever more of them and using them always leaves you dissatisfied.” Historians of early modern Asia often have to be cre- ative with the slender evidence they have. With http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Trade and State in the Arabian Seas: A Survey from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century

Journal of World History , Volume 11 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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Trade and State in the Arabian Seas: A Survey from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century r. j. barendse University of Leiden hile discussing some themes of my The Arabian Seas 1640 –1700 and considering wider implications as well, this essay touches on a number of broad topics, so that if readers are not familiar with the facts they will at least be able to comment on the theoretic casting of this article. There are disadvantages, though, to writing in this man- ner. Some readers will feel that I skim some topics too easily, often because I’m trying to voice broad questions for further research. How- ever—to quote a useful truism—voicing the right question is half the research. But, however beautiful the questions, for the early modern period we often simply do not have the evidence to answer. This particularly applies to figures. If I’m permitted to quote myself on a time and place for which we dispose of reams and reams of statistics: “They are like drugs: you want ever more of them and using them always leaves you dissatisfied.” Historians of early modern Asia often have to be cre- ative with the slender evidence they have. With

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 1, 2001

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