Jute and Empire

Jute and Empire

by Gordon T. Stewart


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Jute and Empire by Gordon T. Stewart

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719054396
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/15/1998
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Gordon T. Stewart is Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

List of tablesvi
General editor's introductionviii
Preface and acknowledgementsix
List of abbreviationsxiii
1The significance of jute1
2The rise of jute, 1838-192838
3Jute in crisis, 1928-195593
4'To the greater glory of Scotland and to the benefit of Bengal'147
5Jute and empire191

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