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Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies

Currencies of the Indian Ocean World

Editors: Serels, Steven, Campbell, Gwyn (Eds.)

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  • Offers a groundbreaking history of the complex multi-currency system of the Indian Ocean World
  • Examines the economic as well as social, political and religious roles of currencies in the Indian Ocean World, from the thirteenth century to the present
  • Offers case studies covering China, India, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, East Africa, Zanzibar, Madagascar, and Mauritius
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This book is the first to trace the unique monetary history of the Indian Ocean World. Long-distance trade across the region was facilitated by a highly complex multi-currency system undergirded by shared ideas that transcended ethno-linguistic, religious and class divisions. Currencies also occupied key roles in local spiritual, aesthetic and affective practices. Foregrounding these tensions between the global/universalistic and the local/particularistic, the volume shows how this traditional currency system remained in place until the middle of the twentieth century, and how aspects of the system continue to inform monetary practices throughout the region. With case studies covering China, India, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, East Africa, Zanzibar, Madagascar and Mauritius from the thirteenth to the twenty-first centuries, this volume explores the central role currencies played in economic exchange as well as in establishing communal bonds, defining state power and expressing religious sentiments.

About the authors

Steven Serels holds a joint appointment as a Research Officer at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien at Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, USA.
Gwyn Campbell is Founding Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University, Canada.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Indian Ocean World Currency System

    Pages 1-15

    Serels, Steven

  • Major “International” Currencies of China and Japan: The Use of Copper Coins, Silver Ingots and Paper Money

    Pages 17-48

    Schottenhammer, Angela

  • Indian Kingdoms 1200–1500 and the Maritime Trade in Monetary Commodities

    Pages 49-69

    Deyell, John S.

  • What East Africans Got for Their Ivory and Slaves: The Nature, Working and Circulation of Commodity Currencies in Nineteenth-Century East Africa

    Pages 71-92

    Pallaver, Karin

  • Currency and Currency Problems in Imperial Madagascar, 1820–1895

    Pages 93-112

    Campbell, Gwyn

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-20973-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-20972-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Currencies of the Indian Ocean World
Editors
  • Steven Serels
  • Gwyn Campbell
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20973-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20973-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20972-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 230
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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