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Author Lane, Kris E., 1967-

Title Colour of paradise [electronic resource] : the emerald in the age of gunpowder empires / Kris Lane.

Imprint New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description xiv, 280 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary For the Mughals, Ottomans, and Safavids green was, as it remains for all Muslims, the color of Paradise, reserved for the Prophet Muhammad and his descendants. Tapping a wide range of sources, Kris Lane traces the complex web of global trading networks that funneled emeralds from backland South America to populous Asian capitals between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. Lane reveals the bloody conquest wars and forced labor regimes that accompanied their production. It is a story of trade, but also of transformations, how members of profoundly different societies at opposite ends of the globe assigned value to a few thousand pounds of imperfectly shiny green rocks.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Emeralds -- Spain -- Colonies -- History.
Emeralds -- Colombia -- History.
Inquisition -- Spain.
Inquisition -- Portugal.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
Added Title Color of paradise
ISBN 9780300161311 (cloth alk. paper)
030016131X (cloth alk. paper)
9780300164701 (cl alk. paper)
9780300164701 (e-book)

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