Smuggling as Subversion: Colonialism, Indian Merchants, and the Politics of Opium

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New Age International, Jan 1, 1998 - Great Britain - 205 pages
This Significant Book Is The First Full-Length Study Of Clandestine Malwa Opium Enterprise. There Is Virtually No Comprehensive Work On The Crucial Problem Of 19Th Century Indian Opium Production And Trade. Amar Farooqui`S Work Goes A Long Way Towards Filling The Gap In Our Knowledge Of That Branch Of Opium Production Which Was A Product Of Indian Initiative-Malwa Opium. In The Process He Outlines An Innovative Thesis On Business Communities Of Western India And The Origins Of The Indian Capitalist Class. Smuggling As Subversion Is Concerned With The Economic History Of India (Of Western And Central India, More Specifically) During The Early 19Th Century. The Political Economy Of Malwa In The Late Maratha/Early Colonial Period Is A Neglected Area Of Historical Research. The Sindia And Holkar States Have Been Examined In Some Detail In This Work. The Author Has Placed His Study In The Context Of The Debate On The Nature Of Economy, Society, And The State In Late Pre-Colonial India. The Book Explores Various Aspects Of The International Trade In Opium Which Will Be Useful For A Better Understanding Of The History Of Modern South-East Asia And Of Colonialism In General. The Work Also Focuses On Opium Trade, Shipping And Capitalist Development At Bombay.

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