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From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa

Sebouh DavidAslanian


Drawing on a rich trove of documents, including correspondence not seen for 300 years, this study explores the emergence and growth of a remarkable global trade network operated by Armenian silk merchants from a small outpost in the Persian Empire. Based in New Julfa, Isfahan, in what is now Iran, these merchants operated a network of commercial settlements that stretched from London and Amsterdam to Manila and Acapulco. The New Julfan Armenians were the only Eurasian community that was able to operate simultaneously and successfully in all the major empires of the early modern world—both land ... More

Keywords: global trade network, silk merchants, Persian Empire, New Julfa, Isfahan, commercial settlements, mercantile expansion, community life, cooperation, information networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520266872
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520266872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebouh DavidAslanian, author