Global Commodities

August 23, 2015 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

The Global Commodities database provides a vast range of visual, manuscript and printed materials, sourced from over twenty key libraries and more than a dozen companies and trade organisations worldwide. These original sources will help scholars to explore the history of fifteen major commodities from about 1500 and to examine the ways that these have changed the world.

The commodities explored in this resource are: coffee, tea, chocolate, cotton, fur, opium, oil, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine and spirits. The content of Global Commodities comprises mainly primary sources providing high quality visual materials, descriptions, diaries, shipping manifests, travel logs, and much more.

The database covers themes such as exploration and discovery; imperialism and attempts at monopoly; trade wars; translocation and economic geography; slavery; mass production; luxury; taste; and the evolution of global branding. It is a very useful source to researchers and students in all fields of the Humanities: history and cultural studies (especially global, imperial, and social-economic areas of research and teaching), food studies, Asian studies, art history, literary studies, International Studies, etcetera.

The Global Commodities database is interdisciplinary, providing a wide range of otherwise inaccessible or hard to find primary sources across the disciplines. It provides good datasets for quantitative and qualitative research, but is also useful framing articles and background pieces to facilitate access for students.


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