The main contribution of the work is to offer a comprehensive history of the English East India Company during the century 1660–1760. It also examines the commercial economy of the Asian countries in which the Company traded and its political relations with Asian princes. Finally, it is a study of business and economic decision-making under pre-modern conditions. The book is based on an extensive analysis of the quantitative and qualitative material available in the Company's archives. The data-processing of the quantitative evidence and its subsequent statistical analysis was carried out on a computer, and the book contains comprehensive tables on the volume and value of the Company's trade, prices of commercial goods, and on monetary and financial history. The extensive scope of the book and its consideration not only of the Company but of the economies in which it operated make it essential reading for all concerned with the economic history of the period, both of Europe and Asia. The techniques used in analysing the original data and their theoretical framework make it of methodological interest to economic historians.
Tables; Figures; Maps; Abbreviations; Notes on dates, contemporaneous spellings, currency and weights; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The international economy and the East India trade; 2. A formal theoretical model of the East India Company's trade; 3. The structure of early trade and the pattern of commercial settlements in Asia; 4. The evolution of the Company's trading system: operation and policy 1660–1760; 5. Long-term trends and fluctuations 1660–1760; 6. Politics of trade; 7. Markets, merchants and the Company; 8. The export of treasure and the monetary system; 9. The structure of country trade in Asia; 10. Export of European commodities; 11. The Company and the Indian textile industry; 12. The Company's trade in textiles; 13. Pepper; 14. Import of bulk goods; 15. Raw silk; 16. Coffee; 17. Imports from China; 18. Financial results; 19. Conclusion; Appendix 1. Notes on the statistical tables of the East India Company's trade; Appendix 2. Time-series analysis of the East India Company's exports and imports; Appendix 3. The econometric estimation of the trading model; 4. The grouped list and the glossary of Indian textile types; 5. The statistical tables of the Company's trade; General glossary; Bibliography; Short titles cited in the reference notes; Notes; Index.