Death or taxes
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Seland, Eivind Heldaas. 2012. “Death or Taxes: Choosing Itineraries Between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean in the Mid-18th Century”. Akademisk Kvarter | Academic Quarter, nr. 04 (august):97-108. https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.academicquarter.v0i04.3283.

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In the 18th century, the fastest passage between Europe and the Indian Ocean was by way of Syria and Iraq. Travellers were faced with the choice between a number of routes across the desert and along the rivers, each with advantages and disadvantages in terms of price, time and security. This article discusses the choices made by a selection of European mid-18th-century travellers utilising perspectives from New institutional economics, arguing that their decisions must be interpreted in light of the their status as outsiders and the socio-economic structure of the societies they moved through.

https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.academicquarter.v0i04.3283
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