December 3, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 292 Pages
ISBN 9781138593213 - CAT# K387045
Series: Routledge Approaches to History
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Originating in the sea, especially in the waters surrounding the low-lying islands of the Maldives, Cypraea moneta (sometimes confused with Cypraea annulus) was transported to various parts of Afro-Eurasia in the prehistoric era, and in many cases, it was gradually transformed into a form of money in various societies for a long span of time. Yang provides a global examination of cowrie money within and beyond Afro-Eurasia from the archaeological period to the early twentieth century.
By focusing on cowrie money in Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian and West African societies and shell money in Pacific and North American societies, Yang synthsises and illustrates the economic and cultural connections, networks and interactions over a longue durée and in a cross-regional context. Analysing locally varied experiences of cowrie money from a global perspective, Yang argued that cowrie money was the first global money that shaped Afro-Eurasian societies both individually and collectively. He proposes a paradigm of the cowrie money world that engages local, regional, transregional and global themes.
Chapter One: Global Phenomenon, Local Varieties
Chapter Two: The Maldives: Procurement and Export
Chapter Three: India: In the Beginning
Chapter Four: Southeast Asia: Intra-Asian Interactions
Chapter Five: Yunnan: An Indian Influence in the Southeast Asian-Chinese World
Chapter Six: Why Not in Early China?
Chapter Seven: Cowrie Money in West Africa: Connecting the Worlds, Old and New
Chapter Eight: The Pacific Islands and North America: Out of the Bengali System
Chapter Nine: More Than Just Money
Chapter Ten: The Cowrie Money World