Asian Port Cities, 1600-1800: Local and Foreign Cultural Interactions

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Edited by Haneda Masashi

Asian port cities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were the site of intensive cultural contact involving a broad spectrum of participants from across the world. These interactions raised questions of communication for merchants who conducted business in the port cities and of regulation and control for the officials who governed them.

By drawing comparisons among the port cities of East, Southeast and South Asia where European East India Companies maintained trading centers, this volume goes beyond national histories to examine cultural interactions on a regional basis. The authors draw on the rich literature relating to cross-cultural interactions between the Dutch and the Japanese in Nagasaki in discussing issues that range from architecture, mercantile and artistic communication, business transactions and dispute settlement to family issues, clothing, housing, and social relations associated with food. Their work yields intriguing new interpretations of the Asian maritime world that will interest historians concerned with Europe or Asia during the early modern period, as well as students of material culture.

Haneda Masashi is a Professor of history at the University of Tokyo where he serves as Director of the Institute of Oriental Culture and as Deputy Director of the Center for Philosophy in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Publication Year: 2009
252 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-463-0, Paperback

NUS Press and Kyoto University Press