European Commercial Enterprise in Pre-colonial India, Volume 2

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European traders first appeared in India at the end of the fifteenth century and established corporate enterprises in the region, such as the English and Dutch East India companies. This volume considers how, over a span of three centuries, the Indian economy expanded and was integrated into the premodern world economy as a result of these interactions. By documenting the existing literature, the author provides a fascinating overview of the impact of European trade on the precolonial Indian economy that will be of value to students of Indian, European and colonial history.

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"Analyzes European trading operations in precolonial India." Journal of Economic Literature

"...a very valuable work." Douglas E. Haynes, Pacific Affairs

"...a scholarly and informative survey....a clear picture of the Indian economic structure in the pre-colonial period..." The International History Review

"...this is an amazingly erudite and encompassing book, which ably serves its primary function of offering a survey of the first three centuries of Indo-European commerce..." John Adams, Eh.Net

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521257589
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: New Cambridge History of India Series
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. India in the Indian Ocean trade, c.1500; 2. The Portuguese in India, 1500–1640; 3. The European trading companies, exports from Europe and the generation of purchasing power in Asia; 4. The companies in India: the politics and the economics of trade; 5. Euro-Asian and intra-Asian trade: the phase of Dutch domination, 1600–1680; 6. The VOC and the growing competition by the English and the French, 1680–1740; 7. The supremacy of the English East India Company, 1740–1800; 8. European trade and the Indian economy; 9. Conclusion.

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