The Indian Ocean in the Long Eighteenth Century

  title={The Indian Ocean in the Long Eighteenth Century},
  author={Prasannan Parthasarathi and Giorgio Riello},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={1 - 19}
The Indian Ocean is with the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and more recently the Pacific one of the main oceanic fields of history. Its literature goes back fifty years and has produced a great deal of debate and disagreement, especially on the role played by European powers after 1500. This article considers the Indian Ocean in the eighteenth century, a period that is classically seen as a moment of profound transition for the Ocean as an economic system. Until recently, historians agreed that… CONTINUE READING


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