On the Eighteenth Century as a Category of Asian History: Van Leur in Retrospect

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Routledge, Dec 5, 2016 - History - 328 pages
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The starting point of this volume is the scathing attack, far-reaching in its consequences, launched in 1942 by J.C. van Leur on the views then current on the character and significance of the 18th century as a category in Asian history. His denial of European pre-eminence in Asian waters represented a direct attack on colonial historiography. The essays here derive from an international conference held 50 years later, to assess the impact of van Leur’s work. In part historiographic, in part drawing on new research, they aim to delimit the boundaries of European-Asian interaction, and to provide case studies of what this period actually meant for the history of South and East Aia.
 

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Contents

Preface
The Eighteenth Century in Southeast Asia
The Long Eighteenth Century and the New Age of Commerce in
Periodization Institutional Change and Eighteenthcentury Java
An Analysis
Demography and Economy
Dutch Trade
Domestic Interregional Trade in Eighteenthcentury China
The Impact of the International Tea Trade on the Social Economy
The Eighteenth Century in Indian Economic History
Trade and Politics in Eighteenthcentury Bengal
Trends and Tendencies
Van Leur and the Indian Eighteenth Century
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