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Trade and Romance


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Trade and Romance

Michael Murrin

This book discusses two intertwined themes. The first is the growth of commercial culture and its interest in aristocratic romance. The second lies behind the first and concerns the simultaneous development of trade across Asia conducted by merchants, first made possible by the Mongol Eurasian system. In the Renaissance, the Portuguese reopened Asia by a sea route to India and East Asia. Later, the English tried to reopen the caravan route, ... Read more


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