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

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Overview

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.
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"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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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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