This magnificant book combines cultural, social, economic and political history in a quite remarkable way. Based on fascinating primary research in India, England and Scotland it represents a new departure in the writing of imperial history. Jute and Empire follows the intriguing story of the rivalry between Calcutta and Dundee from the 1830s to the 1950s, as these two cities competed in the world jute trade. It uses this dramatic narrative to explore fresh ways of understanding the multi-faceted nature of the British empire. Recent scholarship on British imperialism has been divided between economic analysis and cultural readings. Jute and Empire pursues both stategies by integrating approaches in an ambitious effort to understand, through the window provided by jute, the interaction of Bengal and Scotland within the broader context of the raj.
About the Author
Gordon T. Stewart is Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University.
Table of Contents
|List of tables||vi|
|General editor's introduction||viii|
|Preface and acknowledgements||ix|
|List of abbreviations||xiii|
|1||The significance of jute||1|
|2||The rise of jute, 1838-1928||38|
|3||Jute in crisis, 1928-1955||93|
|4||'To the greater glory of Scotland and to the benefit of Bengal'||147|
|5||Jute and empire||191|