SAFAVID IRAN'S SEARCH FOR SILVER AND GOLD

@article{Floor2000SAFAVIDIS,
  title={SAFAVID IRAN'S SEARCH FOR SILVER AND GOLD},
  author={Willem M. Floor and Patrick L. Clawson},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={32},
  pages={345 - 368}
}
  • W. Floor, P. Clawson
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Economics
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
Safavid Iran's foreign trade is usually described as the highly profitable export of silk to Europe. That is at best an incomplete description. One problem is that it focuses on only one side of the trade (exports) rather than looking at both sides. Taken to its extreme, the usual story could make Iranians look like mad mercantilists determined to export without thinking much about what they got in return, while Europeans could look like crazed consumers so eager for Iranian silk that they… 
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