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Going the Distance – Eurasian Trade and the Rise of the Business Corporation, 1400-1700 - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Going the Distance: Eurasian Trade and the Rise of the Business Corporation, 1400-1700

Ron Harris


Before the seventeenth century, trade across Eurasia was mostly conducted in short segments along the Silk Route and Indian Ocean. Business was organized in family firms, merchant networks, and state-owned enterprises, and dominated by Chinese, Indian, and Arabic traders. However, around 1600 the first two joint-stock corporations, the English and Dutch East India Companies, were established. This book tells the story of overland and maritime trade without Europeans, of European Cape Route trade without corporations, and of how new, large-scale, and impersonal organizations arose in Europe to ... More

Keywords: Eurasian trade, joint-stock corporation, East India Company, maritime trade, overland trade, global trade, China, India, Middle East, Western Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150772
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ron Harris, author
Tel Aviv University

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