The Intra-Asian Trade in Japanese Copper by the Dutch East India Company During the Eighteenth Century

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BRILL, 2006 - Social Science - 225 pages
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In this definitive study of the intra-Asian trade in Japanese copper trade by the Dutch East India Company, the author argues that the trade in this commodity reaped high profits. Despite the huge imports of British copper by the English East India Company during the eighteenth century, the Dutch Company successfully continued to sell Japanese copper in South Asia at higher prices. Compared to the capital-intensive development of British mines in the age of the Industrial Revolution, the copper production in Tokugawa Japan was characterized by a labour-intensive 'revolution' which also made a big impact on the local economy.
  

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Contents

The setting of the scene
11
Profits of the VOC from the Japanese copper trade
29
Japanese copper production and exports
45
European copper production in a changing world
65
General view of the demand side
85
Demand for copper in Coromandel and Bengal
106
The economics of the Japanese copper trade
129
From Deshima to the world
150
Conclusion
168
Notes
175
Bibliography
207
Index
221
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Page 218 - History of the Coinage of the Territories of the East India Company in the Indian Peninsula, and Catalogue of the Coins in the Madras Museum," by Edgar Thurston, Madras, 1890.

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Ryuto Shimada obtained his MA in Economics in 1998 at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and received his doctorate in History at Leiden University in 2005. He specializes in the economic history of Japan and Asia.

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