Comparative Studies of Cross-cultural Exchange at Port Cities in Asia

A multi-faceted investigation of cross-cultural contacts at port cities in various parts of Asia where factories of the European East Indian Companies were located in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Six points for comparison were set up for comparative study, with the aim of clarifying through joint research characteristic features of the port city and the society of its surrounding environment. The programme was supported by a grant-in-aid from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (Scientific Research A) and ran from April 2005 to March 2009.

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