Joseph Christensen is a maritime and environmental historian who works on North West Australia and its place in Indian Ocean history. He is based at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia.
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Pearls, People, and Power is the first book to examine the trade, distribution, production, and consumption of pearls in the Indian Ocean over more than five centuries. Encompassing the geographical, cultural, and thematic diversity of Indian Ocean pearling, it deepens our appreciation of the historical dynamics of Indian Ocean worlds.