Traditional Industry in the Economy of Colonial India

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 4, 1999 - Business & Economics - 252 pages
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Earlier historians of India's economic history have argued that traditional manufacturing in India was destroyed or devitalized during the colonial period, and that "modern industry" is substantially different. Exploring new material from research into five traditional industries, Tirthankar Roy's book contests these notions, demonstrating that while traditional industry did evolve during the industrial revolution, these transformations had a galvanizing rather than negative effect on manufacturing generally. The book offers new and penetrating insights into the study of India's economic and social history.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Markets and organization
12
Handloom weaving
61
Gold thread jan
99
Brassware
128
Leather
155
Carpets
197
Conclusion
231
References
236
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About the author (1999)

Tirthankar Roy is a Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include The Economic History of India 1857 1947, Third Edition (2011), Towards a History of Consumption in South Asia, co-edited with Douglas Haynes, Abigail McGowan, and Haruka Yanagisawa (2010), Company of Kinsmen: Enterprise and Community in South Asian History 1700 1940 (2010), and Traditional Industry in the Economy of Colonial India (1999).

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