Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism

Asian Textiles in France 1680–1760

  • Felicia Gottmann

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Felicia Gottmann
      Pages 1-11
  3. Global Textiles

  4. Smuggling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Felicia Gottmann
      Pages 53-82
  5. The Making of Economic Liberalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Felicia Gottmann
      Pages 105-130
    3. Felicia Gottmann
      Pages 131-169
  6. Conclusion

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      Pages 170-174
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-256

About this book


Imported from India, China, the Levant, and Persia and appreciated for their diversity, designs, fast bright colours and fine weave, Asian textiles became so popular in France that in 1686 the state banned their import, consumption and imitation. A fateful decision. This book tells the story of smuggling on a vast scale, savvy retailers and rebellious consumers. It also reveals how reformers in the French administration itself sponsored a global effort to acquire the technological know-how necessary to produce such textiles and how the vitriolic debates surrounding the eventual abolition of the ban were one of the decisive moments in the development of Enlightenment economic liberalism.


East India Companies Levant Trade Global Trade Early Modern France Smuggling Textiles Cotton Political Economy Economic Liberalism Enlightenment Mercantilism Technology Transfer bibliography enlightenment France India politics trade

Authors and affiliations

  • Felicia Gottmann
    • 1
  1. 1.the Scottish Centre for Global HistoryUniversity of DundeeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-68471-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-44488-2
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