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Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500–1644

Hardback, 300 x 245 mm, 480 pages, 386 colour illus.
PRICE: £75.00
ISBN: 978 1 911300 014

 

A vibrant and in-depth exploration of early globalization – how European intercontinental maritime trade linked up Asia, western Europe and the New World in the early modern period, and what Asian manufactured goods they traded. Read more


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