The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 9, 1999 - Business & Economics - 290 pages
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Using a wide range of archival and written sources, Rudi Matthee considers the economic, social and political networks established between Iran, its neighbours and the world at large, through the prism of the late Safavid silk trade. In so doing, he demonstrates how silk, a resource crucial to state revenue and the only commodity to span Iran's entire economic activity, was integral to aspects of late Safavid society, including its approach to commerce, export routes and, importantly, to the political and economic problems which contributed to its collapse in the early 1700s. In a challenge to traditional scholarship, the author argues that despite the introduction of a maritime, western-dominated channel, Iran's traditional land-based silk export continued to expand right up to the end of the seventeenth century. The book makes a major theoretical contribution to the debates on the social and economic history of the pre-modern world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
from the Silk Road to the Safavids
15
Procedures logistics and fmances
33
territorial
61
the silk export
91
from the abolition of the
119
silk to silver 16401667
147
Renewed regulation and the rise of the Russian connection
175
Contraction and continuity 16901730
203
Conclusion
231
Glossary
247
Index
276
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