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AuthorMeilink-Roelofsz, M. A. P. author
TitleAsian Trade and European Influence [electronic resource] : In the Indonesian Archipelago between 1500 and about 1630 / by M. A. P. Meilink-Roelofsz
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1962
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Descript 471 p. online resource


Now that this study is completed and I wish to make due acknowledgยญ ment to all those who have in any degree contributed towards its realization, my thoughts turn in the first place to the one to whom this book is dedicated. It is a great grief to me that he who took such an intense interest in my work has not lived to see its conclusion. It was he who in the beginning urged me to venture upon this course of study and whose encouragement helped me in moments of deยญ spondency. The high standard which, with his keen and critical judgment, he set for his own work, was an example to me, and I shall strive to maintain it in my future studies. Not only did he help me to lay the foundation of my knowledge of archive science, but he was also my guide in a field new to me in many respects, that of Asian maritime trade. His wide knowledge of medieval European trade in the Baltic area led me to compare and contrast the two worlds of East and West and thus helped me to obtain a deeper insight into the differences and similarities between the various problems involved. I am greatly indebted to Prof. Dr. J. M. Romein, who has followed the progress of my studies with great interest all these years, and on whose help and support, sometimes in very difficult circumstances, I have always been able to rely


I. Trade and Traffic in the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula prior to the 15th century -- II. The Rise of Malacca -- III. Malacca at the end of the 15th century. Structure of trade. Trade and traders in Malaccan society -- IV. The commercial traffic of Malacca at the end of the 15th century: its bearing and density -- V. Trade in the Indonesian Archipelago not centred exclusively on Malacca: (I) The Sumatran ports 89 โ{128}{148} (2) The spice-producing areas : the Moluccas and Banda 93 โ{128}{148} (3) Trade in Borneo, Celebes and the Lesser Sunda Islands 100 โ{128}{148} (4) The Javanese seaports 103 -- VI. The influence of Portuguese expansion on Asian trade -- VII. Portuguese Malacca and native trade in the Malay-Indonesian area -- VIII. The coming of the northern Europeans to the Malay-Indonesian area. Inter-European conflicts and Asian trade -- IX. The spice monopoly of the United Company and Asian trade in the Malay-Indonesian area -- X. The United Company monopoly and the foreign Asian merchant in Indonesia at the beginning of the 17th century -- XI. The United Company monopoly and the spice trade of the towns of Northern Java -- Summary -- Sources consulted in manuscript -- Notes -- List of Abbreviations

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