India in the World Economy: From Antiquity to the Present

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 18, 2012 - History
Cross-cultural exchange has characterized the economic life of India since antiquity. Its long coastline has afforded convenient access to Asia and Africa as well as trading partnerships formed in the exchange of commodities ranging from textiles to military technology and from opium to indigo. In a journey across two thousand years, this enthralling book, written by a leading South Asian historian, describes the ties of trade, migration, and investment between India and the rest of the world and shows how changing patterns of globalization have reverberated in economic policy, politics, and political ideology within India. Along the way, the book asks three major questions: Is this a particularly Indian story? When did the big turning points happen? And is it possible to distinguish the modern from the pre-modern pattern of exchange? These questions invite a new approach to the study of Indian history by placing the region at the center of the narrative. This is global history written on India's terms, and, as such, the book invites Indian, South Asian, and global historians to rethink both their history and their methodologies.

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Ports and Hinterlands to 1200
Receding Land Frontiers 12001700
The Indian Ocean Trade 15001800
Trade Migration and Investment 18001850
Trade Migration and Investment 18501920
Colonialism and Development 18601920
Depression and Decolonization 19201950
From Trade to Aid 19501980
Return to Market 19802010
A New India?

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Tirthankar Roy is a Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include The Economic History of India 1857947, Third Edition (2011), Towards a History of Consumption in South Asia, co-edited with Douglas Haynes, Abigail McGowan, and Haruka Yanagisawa (2010), Company of Kinsmen: Enterprise and Community in South Asian History 1700940 (2010), and Traditional Industry in the Economy of Colonial India (1999).

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