Silk and Tea in the North

Scandinavian Trade and the Market for Asian Goods in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Hanna Hodacs

Part of the Europe’s Asian Centuries book series (EAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hanna Hodacs
    Pages 29-47
  3. Hanna Hodacs
    Pages 48-89
  4. Hanna Hodacs
    Pages 90-146
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-216

About this book


This book links the trade of the Danish and Swedish East India companies to the British taste for tea, a Scandinavian craving for colourful Chinese silk textiles, import substitutions schemes and natural history in the eighteenth century. It is a global history exploring the exchange of silver for goods in Canton. It is also a European history studying the wholesale market for Asian goods in Gothenburg and Copenhagen, the formation of taste and the impact of fashion in the blending of tea and the assortments of colours on wrought silk destined for markets across Europe. Linking material history to political economy and the histories of science, this book ends on the threshold of the nineteenth century, the rise of the second British Empire in Asia, and the creation of synthetic dyes in Europe.


Swedish East India Company Danish East India Company tea silk import substitution

Authors and affiliations

  • Hanna Hodacs
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-68733-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45544-4
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