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Europe's Asian Centuries

Silk and Tea in the North

Scandinavian Trade and the Market for Asian Goods in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Authors: Hodacs, Hanna

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This book links the trade of the Danish and Swedish East India companies to the British taste for tea, a Scandinavian craving for colourful Chinese silk textiles, import substitutions schemes and natural history in the eighteenth century. It is a global history exploring the exchange of silver for goods in Canton. It is also a European history studying the wholesale market for Asian goods in Gothenburg and Copenhagen, the formation of taste and the impact of fashion in the blending of tea and the assortments of colours on wrought silk destined for markets across Europe. Linking material history to political economy and the histories of science, this book ends on the threshold of the nineteenth century, the rise of the second British Empire in Asia, and the creation of synthetic dyes in Europe.

About the authors

Hanna Hodacs is currently based at the Center for the History of Science, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in Stockholm, Sweden; her work is concerned with Swedish naturalists in late 18th century London. She has previously worked at Warwick University, UK, Birmingham University, UK, and Uppsala University, Sweden.

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“Hodacs’ Silk and Tea in the North … is a high commendable and well-executed history of the Scandinavian trade with China. … students and readers interested in the history of northern Europe’s engagement with Asia in general and with China in particular will find this volume of interest. And she is to be thanked for advancing our knowledge of European consumers and consumption of tea and silks in northern Europe over the eighteenth century.” (George Bryan Souza, The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 29 (3), August, 2017) 

“Hodacs’s study is fine piece of historical scholarship, which draws upon insights from material history, economic history, and to a lesser extent the history of science. … Several illustrations and tables help readers find their way through the sometimes very dense but well-informed text, which sketches a rich canvas of European-Asian trade. By arguing for an integration of Scandinavia in histories of silk, tea, and other commodities, the study fills an important gap in historiography.” (Andreas Weber, Journal of World History, Vol. 28 (1), March, 2017)


“This volume adds both substance and nuance to our understanding of global trade and the evolving material systems that emerged within Europe.” (Beverly Lernire, Scandia, Vol. 83 (2), 2017)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Silk and Tea in the North
Book Subtitle
Scandinavian Trade and the Market for Asian Goods in Eighteenth-Century Europe
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
978-1-137-45544-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-45544-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45543-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-68733-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 216
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