Europe's Asian Centuries

Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism

Asian Textiles in France 1680-1760

Authors: Gottmann, Felicia

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Imported from India, China, the Levant, and Persia and appreciated for their diversity, designs, fast bright colours and fine weave, Asian textiles became so popular in France that in 1686 the state banned their import, consumption and imitation. A fateful decision. This book tells the story of smuggling on a vast scale, savvy retailers and rebellious consumers. It also reveals how reformers in the French administration itself sponsored a global effort to acquire the technological know-how necessary to produce such textiles and how the vitriolic debates surrounding the eventual abolition of the ban were one of the decisive moments in the development of Enlightenment economic liberalism.

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Felicia Gottmann is Leverhulme ECR Fellow at the University of Dundee's Scottish Centre for Global History, UK. After receiving her D.Phil from Oxford University in 2010, she was a Research Fellow on the ERC-funded project 'Europe's Asian Centuries: Trading Eurasia 1600-1830' at the University of Warwick.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-11

    Gottmann, Felicia

  • Prologue Three French Women and Their Troublesome Textiles

    Pages 15-17

    Gottmann, Felicia

  • Global Fabrics: The French Trade in Asian and Asian-Style Textiles

    Pages 18-49

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  • Smuggling Textiles into France

    Pages 53-82

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  • Smuggled Textiles Worn in France: The Politics of Privilege and the Violence of Fashion

    Pages 83-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism
Book Subtitle
Asian Textiles in France 1680-1760
Authors
Series Title
Europe's Asian Centuries
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44488-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137444882
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-44487-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-68471-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 266
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