Anstey, V. – The Trade of the Indian Ocean


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(London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1929)

8vo; original blue light cloth lettered in black on spine and upper cover; pp. xvi + 251 incl. index; several maps and tables. Ex-library copy with institutional stamps and codes to front pastedown and elsewhere; cloth rather rubbed; backstrip a little brittle and sunned; some minor spotting. Good. Uncommon title. Where … is the justification for treating as a whole regions lying thousands of miles apart? It is to be found perhaps in the presence of a common factor and that factor economic rather than political. Down to the present time the whole area in its modern development has depended on European capital and ultimate economic control. It is true that such capital has been invested in many other regions and the plantation system is not peculiar to the Indian area; but the elaborate organisation of production and trade financed from Europe but controlled effectively by Europeans on the spot – the whole system of managing agents and its methods – is sufficient to mark off economically the Indian Ocean from the rest of the world. On the physical side the basis of unity is and always has been the sea and this remains true in spite of the modern development of railways.””