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Transregional Trade and Traders: Situating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900

Edward A. Alpers and Chhaya Goswami


Blessed with numerous safe harbours, accessible ports, and a rich hinterland, Gujarat has been central to the history of Indian Ocean maritime exchange that involved not only goods, but also people and ideas. This volume maps the trajectory of the extra-continental interactions of Gujarat and how it shaped the history of Indian Ocean. Chronologically, the volume spans two millennia, and geographically, it ranges from the Red Sea to Southeast Asia. The book focuses on specific groups of Gujarati traders, their accessibility and trading activities with maritime merchants from Africa, Arabia, Sou ... More

Keywords: Gujarat, India, Indian Ocean, Oman, Southeast Asia, trade, maritime history, textiles, ivory, coffee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199490684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward A. Alpers, editor
Research Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Chhaya Goswami, editor
Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of History, S.K. Somaiya College, Mumbai

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