Trade in the Eastern Seas 1793-1813

by Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - South Asian History Series

Trade in the Eastern Seas 1793-1813 Synopsis

This 1937 work is framed as a maritime history as distinct from an economic history, and was highly acclaimed on first publication. Parkinson's focus is the activities of the East India Company in India and the East Indies between 1793 and 1815. Although a scholarly work, firmly founded on primary sources, it presents a potentially dry subject in a vivid and lively way which is extremely readable. Rather than narrating the history of the East India Company, Parkinson provides a series of descriptions of how it operated, the goods it traded, and the experiences of employees or passengers who sailed east. He reminds the modern reader of how fundamental the prevailing winds were to the trade routes, and the great discomforts of long sea voyages. This is a fascinating story of the realities of British economic involvement in India and the Far East during a key period of consolidation.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108012294
Publication date: 10th June 2010
Author: Cyril Northcote Parkinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 472 pages
Categories: Asian history,

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