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Building and Managing Endowments: Lessons from Southeast by Eugenio M. Gonzales

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It turns out that Hurmuz’s rulers owned no ships, and did not participate directly in trade; the sort of conflict that emerges between the Rasulids and the Karimi community at Aden is thus absent here. 1 The Hurmuz kingdom’s revenues, c. 1500 Head Amount (in ashrafis) Customs-duties Other taxes at Jarun Qays pearl-fishery Revenue from Arabian lands Revenue from Persian lands Other Total 100,000 41,300 6,000 28,200 16,700 5,800 198,000 (Source: Aubin 1973: 233–7) P1: OTA/XYZ JWST143-c01 P2: ABC JWST143-Subrahmanyam January 28, 2012 15:45 Printer Name: Yet to Come E A R LY M O D E R N A S I A 19 rulers led an insecure existence: of ten Shahs between 1400 and 1506, five were deposed, and four assassinated, with only one, Turan Shah II, (r.

Thus, once again, we have the spectacle of an agrarian state taking recourse to trade and the cash-nexus (Savory 1980; Jackson and Lockhart 1986). Our third and final example takes us far afield. This is the case of Japan under Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the early Tokugawas, that is to say in the 1580s and thereafter. We have already noted earlier that this period sees the re-emergence in Japan of a single central authority, after the period of sengoku beginning in the late fifteenth century. This period – namely the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries – is often associated with the rise in Japan of a sort of xenophobia, leading to the celebrated “closure” (sakoku) of the country to Europeans.

At the farthest limit of the space we are concerned with was Japan, whose modern historians are agreed that the period between 1500 and 1700 witnessed a far more rapid growth of population than either the fourteenth or the eighteenth century, which respectively preceded and succeeded it. 3 percent per annum) were amongst the highest anywhere in Asia (Hall et al. 1981). 2 percent a year over the entire period from 1500 to 1800 (Reid 1988: 11–18). Sandwiched between Japan and Southeast Asia, the two outliers in early modern Asian demographic history, lie other regions, some closer to Japan in their experience, others better approximating the Southeast Asian case.

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