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One was the different ratios of gold to silver in China and Japan, for in China
silver was the dominant metal of exchange, was scarce, and was in constant
demand, whereas in Japan silver was less popular as currency and was also
mined in ...
ish cargo vessels carrying 1,400 chests of mercury between them, "by this
capture of quicksilver, the King of Spain lost for every quintal a quintal of silver,
that should have been delivered to him by the mine- masters in Peru, amounting
in value ...
On silver ratios see the detailed account in Atwell, "Bullion Flows," and his table
on p. 82. The 60 percent figure is suggested by Kobata in "Gold and Silver," p.
254. Detailed survey of the trade is in Boxer, Fidalgos, and the same author's
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An interesting book which is something more than an ordinary biography. Matteo Ricci is an interesting character, and the Palace of Memory is a framework and a link between topics, but there is also ... Read full review
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Interesting life, but overelaborate structure causes some confusion and boredom. Also, I think assumes too much tacit knowledge of China and Chinese. Possibly also of early modern Europe and its expansion. Read full review
THE APOSTLE IN THE WAVES
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
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