East-Southeast Asia in the Global Ceramic Trade Networks

Geoffrey C. Gunn

in History Without Borders

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083343
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882208988 | DOI:
East-Southeast Asia in the Global Ceramic Trade Networks

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This chapter offers a case study of the complex Asian ceramics trade, both as an index of early globalization and as an example of proto-capitalist endeavor, at least as it related to China and Japan. It seeks to highlight the global trade in East-Southeast Asian ceramics—the identification and examination of the primary, secondary, and tertiary destinations of highly prized commodities turned objets d'art and, even, objects of sacred veneration. The chapter also seeks to throw light on the production and exchange dynamics of East-Southeast Asian ceramic production and consumption, especially with regard to the broader aim of identifying proto-capitalist industrial activity. Furthermore, it tests the theory that the European invasion caused a crisis in production cycles during the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Asian ceramics trade; globalization; East-Southeast Asia; objets d'art; European invasion

Chapter.  9423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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