Trans-Himalayan Caravans: Merchant Princes and Peasant Traders in Ladakh

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 359 pages
This book documents the extraordinarily complex pattern of trade upon which the pre-Independence economy of Ladakh largely depended. Although the trans-Himalayan traffic in subsistence commodities in other parts of the Himalaya has been researched, that in Ladakh has until now remained almost entirely undocumented. The book is based mainly on oral evidence; this is related to documentary sources ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. This intriguing account of Ladakhi trade is spiced with enough personal details of the traders at all levels, to demonstrate that trade' is something more than a matter of routes and commodities, prices and rates of profit; it is an activity carried out by real human beings, profoundly colouring their entire way of life.

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The Trades of Inner Asia
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Janet Rizvi has a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge. She is a freelance writer and researcher. She is the author of Ladakh: Crossroads of High Asia (OIP).

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