Intra-Asian Trade and the World Market

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A.J.H. Latham, Heita Kawakatsu
Routledge, Apr 18, 2006 - Business & Economics - 150 pages

Intra-Asian trade is a major theme of recent writing on Asian economic history. From the second half of the nineteenth century, intra-Asian trade flows linked Asia into an integrated economic system, with reciprocal benefits for all participants. But although this was a network from which all gained, there was also considerable inter-Asian competition between Asian producers for these Asian markets, and those of the wider world.

This collection presents captivating snap-shots of trade in specific commodities, alongside chapters comprehensively covering the region. The book covers: China’s relative backwardness, Japanese copper exports, Japan’s fur trade, Siam’s luxury rice trade, Korea, Japanese shipbuilding, the silk trade, the refined sugar trade, competition in the rice trade, the Japanese cotton textile trade to Africa, multilateral settlements in Asia, the cotton textile trade to Britain, and the growth of the palm oil industry in Malaysia and Indonesia. The opening of Asia, especially in Japan and China, liberated the creative forces of the market within the new intra-Asian economy.

Filling a particular gap in the literature on intra-Asian trade prior to the twentieth century, this is an insightful study that makes a considerable contribution to our knowledge of the Asian trade both prior to, and after, the arrival of colonial states. It will be of great interest to historians and economists focusing on Asia.


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the intraAsian copper trade of the Dutch East
InterAsian competition in the fur market in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
4a Relative prices of silks in New York market
the rice trade between Siam
The Rangoon Gazette and interAsian competition in the intraAsian rice trade 1920
Japanese competition in the Congo Basin in the 1930s
Shifting patterns of multilateral settlements in the AsiaPacific region in the 1930s
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Malaysian and Indonesian competition in the palm

InterAsian competition in the sugar market 18901939

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