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Ryan Holroyd


My research focuses on the maritime trade networks of the China Sea region in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am especially interested in the cultural exchanges catalysed by the interaction between seaborne traders and the coastal populations in China and Taiwan. Other research interests include Taiwan under the Zheng family regime, the island of Putuoshan as a trading centre and Buddhist pilgrimage site, and the English East India Company’s strategies for developing trade in the Pacific.