Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism: Asian Textiles in France 1680-1760

Gottmann, Felicia (2016) Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism: Asian Textiles in France 1680-1760. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 9781137444875

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137444882

Abstract

Imported from India, China, the Levant, and Persia and appreciated for their diversity, designs, fast bright colours and fine weave, Asian textiles became so popular in France that in 1686 the state banned their import, consumption and imitation. A fateful decision. This book tells the story of smuggling on a vast scale, savvy retailers and rebellious consumers. It also reveals how reformers in the French administration itself sponsored a global effort to acquire the technological know-how necessary to produce such textiles and how the vitriolic debates surrounding the eventual abolition of the ban were one of the decisive moments in the development of Enlightenment economic liberalism.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: L100 Economics
V100 History by period
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 12:27
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 12:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35352

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