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The Global World of Indian Merchants, 1750–1947
Traders of Sind from Bukhara to Panama

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society

  • Author: Claude Markovits, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521089401

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  • Claude Markovits' book charts the development of two merchant communities in the province of Sind from the precolonial period, through colonial conquest and up to indepedence. Based on previously neglected archival sources, it describes how the communities came to control trading networks throughout the world, throwing light on the nature of these diasporas from South Asia in their interaction with the global economy. This is a sophisticated and accessible book that will appeal to students of South Asia, as well as to colonial historians and economic historians.

    • Original study of the merchant communities in South Asia and their interaction with global economy
    • As such, it will have an interdisciplinary appeal to colonial and economic historians, as well as to scholars of South Asia
    • Author is a distinguished scholar in the field and writes very accessibly
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    "Important, accessible..." Historian

    "The book draws upon an impressive corpus of previously unused archival materials...The book contributes important new insights to a vast array of related historical discussions." The International History Review Dec 2001

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    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521089401
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 7 maps 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. South Asian merchant networks
    2. The regional context: Sind economy and society, c. 1750–1950
    3. The Gate of Khorrassan: the Shikarpuri network, c. 1750–1947
    4. From Kobe to Panama: the Sindworkies of Hyderabad
    5. Patterns of circulation and business organization in two merchant networks
    6. The business of the Sind merchants
    7. The politics of merchant networks
    8. Community and gender in two merchant networks
    9. Epilogue: the Sindhi diaspora after 1947
    Conclusion.

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    Claude Markovits, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

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