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Traditional Industry in the Economy of Colonial India

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  • Author: Tirthankar Roy, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Bombay
  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033053

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About the Authors
  • 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.

    • The author challenges traditional scholarship arguing that industry was transformed over the colonial period and has emerged as a more dynamic economic force
    • By a young scholar already well known in the field and closely associated with development research
    • A book which will reach across the disciplines from South Asian studies to colonial and economic history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is a must for any scholar concerned with transformations of traditional enterprise in the modern world economy. The extensive bibliography, solid revisionist argument, and detailed evidence also make it a new classic in the economic history of modern South Asia." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "This impressively researched book by Tirthankar Roy perhaps drives the last nail into the coffin of the old nationalist, and sometimes Marxist, assumption that artisanal industries of precolonial India were dealt a death blow in the colonial period when British rule created a market for industrial goods that were either imported or manufactured locally...His approach is a welcome corrective to some of the received views on the history of Indian economy under British rule..." American Historical Review

    "This new book by Tirthankar Roy of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Bombay is well worth reading. It is a careful and extremely well researched discussion of the evolution of five important craft-based industries during the colonial period." EH.NET (Feb 01)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521033053
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.401kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 4 maps 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    List of tables
    1. Introduction
    2. Markets and organization
    3. Handloom weaving
    4. Gold thread (jari)
    5. Brassware
    6. Leather
    7. Carpets
    8. Conclusion

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    Tirthankar Roy, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Bombay

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