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The Persian Gulf: A Political and Economic History of Five Port Cities 1500-1730 [Paperback]

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The Persian Gulf: The Economic and Political History of Five Port Cities, 1500-1730 provides the most comprehensive overview to date of the Persian Gulf at a time of major political change, including the successive arrival of the European `trading empires'. The study emphasizes the role of the local elites and how its members manipulated and used the administrative structures for their own gain. It also delves into various aspects of the governance of the ports. Based on a large variety of sources, including the unpublished information from Dutch and Portuguese archives, it makes clear that the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman were an integrated part of the Indian Ocean network in terms of trade, culture, migration and politics. Despite that interconnectedness there were significant differences between the various competing Persian Gulf ports. These differences (as well as the similarities) in the political economy of each of the five major ports of the period (Hormuz, Bandar `Abbas, Masqat, Bandar-e Kong and Basra) are highlighted. The pattern of the local administration, the socio-economic and political structure, the morphology of each port as well as what that meant for the development and nature of trade that was carried on in each of the ports are discussed in detail. The controlling influence of the hinterland on each of these ports is stressed, while many prevailing wrong notions about the role and importance of Europeans, the nature of trade and what drove political developments in the Persian Gulf are corrected.

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Pages   637
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   3.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2006
Publisher   Mage Publishers
ISBN  1933823127  
ISBN13  9781933823126  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edmund Herzig is a Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies at the University of Manchester. He specializes in the history of Iran during the Safavid and contemporary periods, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is currently co-editing "The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Modern Age."
Willem Floor is an independent scholar specializing in the history of Iran in the Safavid and modern ages. His recent publications include The "Persian Textile Industry in Historical Perspective, 1500-1925," "A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Periods, 1500-1925," and "Safavid Government Institutions."

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