Merchants, Traders, Entrepreneurs Indian Business in the Colonial Period

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book deals with three main aspects of the history of Indian business: The relationship between business and politics, the position of merchants and businessmen in the economy and society of late colonial India, and how particular merchant networks extended the range of their operations to the entire subcontinent and the wider world.

Author Biography

CLAUDE MARKOVITS is Directeur de Recherche (Senior Research Fellow) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France. His publications include Indian Business and Nationalist Politics (1985), The Global World of Indian Merchants (2000), and The Un-Gandhian Gandhi. He edited A History of Modern India 1480-1950 (2002).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Business and Politicsp. 1
Congress Policy Towards Business in the Pre-Independence Erap. 3
Indian Business and the Congress Provincial Governments 1937-1939p. 26
Businessmen and the Partition of Indiap. 75
Entrepreneurship and Societyp. 103
Muslim Businessmen in South Asia, c. 1900-1950p. 105
Bombay as a Business Centre in the Colonial Period: A Comparison with Calcuttap. 128
The Tata Paradoxp. 152
Merchants, Entrepreneurs, and the Middle Classes in Twentieth-Century Indiap. 167
Merchant Networksp. 185
Merchant Circulation in South Asia (Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries): The Rise of Pan-Indian Merchant Networksp. 187
Indian Merchant Networks Outside India in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: A Preliminary Surveyp. 220
Epilogue: Returning the Merchant to South Asian History?p. 253
Indexp. 271
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