French-Asian Connections: The Compagnies des Indes, France's Eastern Trade, and New Directions in Historical Scholarship

Felicia Gottmann*

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With the recent rise in global history as a discipline, early modern Europe's Asian trade has become a new focus of interest. In French historiography, however, this still remains marginalized. Some studies of the French East India Companies and the French presence in Asia exist, but the impact of this on metropolitan France remains woefully underexplored. This article outlines the history and historiography of the French East India Companies and their wider role and importance, outlining pathways of both existing, current, and possible future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-552
Number of pages16
JournalThe Historical Journal
Issue number2
Early online date3 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

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