Sebouh Aslanian

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

Description 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-based Asian empires and the emerging sea-borne empires—astonishingly without the benefits of an imperial network and state that accompanied and facilitated European mercantile expansion during the same period. This book brings to light for the first time the trans-imperial cosmopolitan world of the New Julfans. Among other topics, it explores the effects of long distance trade on the organization of community life, the ethos of trust and cooperation that existed among merchants, and the importance of information networks and communication in the operation of early modern mercantile communities.

Author Bio Sebouh David Aslanian is a Mellon post-doctoral fellow in world history at Cornell University.

Reviews "Sebouh David Aslanian draws upon an unrivaled body of original documentation, collected in seven languages from twenty-five archives, to reconstruct in great detail the logic and working of a global commercial network. He poses a series of fundamental questions concerning the Julfan network and critically assesses both the received literature and the very documentation on which he grounds his revisionist study, making this a valuable contribution to comparative economic history."

Edward Alpers, author of East Africa and the Indian Ocean

"From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean is without question an exceptionally interesting, well-researched, and original study. The work is the product of lengthy and determined exploratory archival research whose global reach reflects the far-flung trading network of Aslanian's subject. Compared to previous work on the Julfa Armenians (or the trade of the Safavid Empire in general), it is on an altogether higher level of theoretical sophistication."

Edmund Herzig, editor of Iran and the World in the Safavid Age

Lecture at Ararat-Eskijian Museum

PRESS RELEASE National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) 395 Concord Ave. Belmont, MA 02478 Tel.: 617-489-1610 Email: hq@naasr.org


DR. SEBOUH ASLANIAN to speak on NEW julfa ARMENIANS AT ARARAT-ESKIJIAN MUSEUM


Dr. Sebouh D. Aslanian, the newly-appointed Richard Hovannisian Term Chair of Modern Armenian History, established by the Armenian Educational Foundation at UCLA, will speak on Sunday, October 30, at 4:00 p.m., at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum, 15105 Mission Hills, CA. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be cosponsored by the Museum and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).

Aslanian's lecture, "From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa," will draw on his recently-published book of the same name, issued by the University of California Press.

Drawing on a rich trove of documents, including correspondence not seen for 300 years, Aslanian's groundbreaking study From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean 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.

Aslanian brings to light the trans-imperial cosmopolitan world of the New Julfans, the effects of long distance trade on the organization of community life, the ethos of trust and cooperation that existed among merchants, and the importance of information networks and communication in the operation of early modern mercantile communities.

Prof. George Bournoutian of Iona College has praised From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean as "the most researched and original work" on the subject that "exceeds, by far, all previous scholarship on the Armenian merchants of New Julfa." The book has been selected by the Committee of the "California World History Library" as the first book to appear in their new series, "Author's Imprint," that celebrates and recognizes "exceptional scholarship by first-time authors."

Aslanian has previously taught in the department of history at CSU-Long Beach as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2010 after serving a year at Cornell University as a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral fellow in world history. He received his Ph.D. (with distinction) from Columbia University in 2007. Aslanian specializes in early modern world and Armenian history and is the author of numerous articles in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of World History, the Journal of the Social and Economic History of the Orient, the Journal of Global History, and Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies.

>From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean will be on sale at the talk and available for signing by the author.

More information about Aslanian's lecture may be had by contacting the Ararat-Eskijian Museum at 818-838-4862 or aem@ararat-eskijian-museum.com or NAASR at 617-489-1610 or hq@naasr.org.


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October 12, 2011




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