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On this website you can find basic information on my research, publications, projects, lectures, and teaching (including a cv).

Beyond the Silk Road: Asian Maritime History and Culture


International conference

“Beyond the Silk Road: Asian Maritime History and Culture” 海上絲路的延伸:亞洲海洋歷史及文化

China National Maritime Museum in Shanghai from 19-22 August 2015

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Bronze Coins and Silver Ingots


Winter 2015 IOWC Speaker Series

Angela Schottenhammer
Professor of Non-European and World History, University of Salzburg

Bronze Coins and Silver Ingots: The Major Currencies across the East Asian Mediterranean

Thursday, 23 April 2015, 4:00 pm
Peterson Hall Rm 116 | 3460 McTavish Street | McGill University

Like many regions in the middle period and early modern times, East Asia was also characterized by a multi-currency system. Highly developed market regions that already used paper money and silver in international exchanges co-existed with many lower developed regions that maintained barter or commodity currencies. My talk will provide an overview of the role of bronze coins, the standard currency of China over centuries, and silver ingots as currencies in the Asian waters from the middle period to early modern times. It will be argued that the great exporter of “international” currencies, China, was eventually prompted to adopt a system of paper currency due to a scarcity of money metals that resulted from its integration into the Asian maritime world and beyond. In the sixteenth century, however, this supra-regional, global integration made China the worldwide largest silver sink. Japan emerged as her most important source of silver and, later, copper, although much silver also came from the new world.

This is the second keynote speech of the IOWC Conference ‘Currencies of Commerce in the Greater Indian Ocean World’

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Tribute, Trade, and Smuggling


Recently published:

Angela Schottenhammer (ed): Tribute, Trade, and Smuggling / Tributo, Comercio y Contrabando

Angela Schottenhammer (ed):
Tribute, Trade, and Smuggling /
Tributo, Comercio y Contrabando
Harrasowitz 2014 (EAMH 12)

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Seafaring, Trade, and Knowledge Transfer


Seafaring, Trade, and Knowledge Transfer: Maritime Politics and Commerce in Early Middle Period to Early Modern China

January 2014–

This project is being sponsored by the
Logo der Gerda Henkel Stiftung

The aim of this research project is to investigate the qualitative characteristics and changes of China’s maritime commerce and politics over time (c. 9th to 18th centuries) and space (South and Northeast China and its supra-regional, “global” integration), in order to obtain a much more detailed picture of China’s maritime politics and commerce. Weiterlesen

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The Indian Ocean World (IOW)


The Indian Ocean World (IOW) — The Making of the First Global Economy in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction




This project is being sponsored by the MCRI (Major Collaborative Research Initiative) sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My sub-project is also supported by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Gent University, Belgium.

Emergence and Development of Maritime Commerce in the East Asian World (2010-2018) Weiterlesen

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Crossroads Journal


Crossroads – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Asian Interactions

The journal has moved to Brill in January 2020, see https://brill.com/view/journals/cjai/cjai-overview.xml


Crossroads – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Asian Interactions


This journal is freely accessible for individuals until the end of 2021. Activate your free access with the token “CJAI4U” now! Instructions to activate your free access are here


Articles from the issues 1 to 18 can be downloaded from the archive of the publisher, Ostasienverlag:


Crossroads – Studies on the History of Exchange Relations in the East Asian World (縱 横 – 東亞世界交流史研究/クロスロード – 東アジア世界の交流史研究 / 크로스로드 – 東아시아 世界의 交流史 研究) is designed as an international forum for contributions related to the history of exchange relations in the East Asian world.

The journal has been sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the German Research Council, between 2010 and 2017.

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Crossroads between Empires and Peripheries


Crossroads between Empires and Peripheries
Knowledge Transfer, Product Exchange and Human Movement in the Indian Ocean World

International conference organized by the Department of Languages and Cultures of South and East Asia, Sinology

Ghent University, Belgium.

June 21-23, 2012

» conference website

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