Smuggling as Subversion: Colonialism, Indian Merchants, and the Politics of Opium, 1790-1843

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Business & Economics - 263 pages
In the modern era, Western colonialism has been a vehicle for the diffusion of a wide range of narcotic substances, but of all the drugs promoted by colonialism, opium occupies a unique place. Smuggling as Subversion is the first comprehensive account of the opium industry in western India during the colonial period, from its beginnings to the mid-19th century. This is an in-depth examination of the use of opium during colonial times, and at the same time the fascinating story of how Indian merchants developed a smuggling enterprise that subverted the East India Company's monopoly in the drug, setting in motion a chain of events that led to the first Opium War in China. Smuggling as Subversion is gripping and essential reading for students and scholars of the history of narcotics, India, or colonialism.
 

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a very good and helpful book that takes you back to the time when india was under the british. the book also includes many things that are not very widely known among common people.

Contents

Malwa Opium The Problem
13
BENGAL OPIUM VS MALWA OPIUM
16
NOTE ON OPIUM WEIGHTS
29
The Setting
35
RULERS BANKERS MERCHANTS SOLDIERS
43
THE COMMERCIAL WORLD OF WESTERN INDIA
52
JOHN MALCOLM ON MALWA SPECULATORS
63
From Poppy Fields to Malwa Markets
71
Daman to Macao The Portuguese Connection
161
Violence and Reversal of Policy
181
18311843
193
The Ascendancy of Bombay
209
MALWA OPIUM AND THE RISE OF THE INDIAN CAPITALIST CLASS
221
List of MerchantsFirms Engaged in Malwa Opium Trade c 18001830
231
Proforma for Opium Passport 1831
241
List of Prominent Indian MerchantsFirms Engaged in Malwa Opium Trade at Bombay 1844
243

PROCESSING AND SALE
95
THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE
101
The Politics of Opium and the Malwa Opium Agency 18211831
117
NEGOTIATING OPIUM
122
Smuggled Malwa Opium and Indigenous Business Enterprise
141
Bibliography
247
Index
257
About the Author
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Amar Farooqui is reader in modern Indian history, University of Delhi.

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