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Indigenous capital and imperial expansion : Bombay, Surat and the West Coast /
Lakshmi Subramanian.
imprint
Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1996.
description
viii, 368 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0195635590
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imprint
Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1996.
isbn
0195635590
general note
Maps on lining papers.
Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Viswa Bharati, 1984)
catalogue key
2050947
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-359) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-05:
In the late 18th century, the British Madras and Bombay presidencies were dependent on the Calcutta presidency for financial support. The Bombay presidency was the weakest, yet it faced the strongest rival political power, the Maratha Confederacy. The existing problem was how to transmit money from Calcutta to the west coast of India, for trade and for political and military purposes. Subramanian shows the importance of indigenous financial groups in the British solution to this problem. In doing this, she emphasizes the role of a commercial group called the Banias in western India. Unfortunately, use of her book by those not already familiar with the 18th-century history of India and with financial terminology is limited by two defects. First, numerous geographical references are not to be found on the only map of India provided. Second, although Indian financial terms are usually, but not always, defined as they arise in the text, there is no glossary of these terms; readers who forget these definitions must thumb back through the text to find them. The index is sometimes useful in this task, but sometimes not. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. W. Webb; Eastern Kentucky University
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Summaries
Long Description
This new work highlights the critical role played by Bania credit and capital in the English triumph over the Maratha Confederacy in Western India at the turn of the century. Linking the process of Imperial expansion to the dynamics of Indian credit, trade, and society, this tale of two cities--Surat and Bombay--the author shows how merchant communities coped between two empires, the Mughal and the British.
Main Description
BLStudies the dynamics of English Imperial expansion on the west coast of India Subramanian highlights the critical role played by Bania credit and capital in the English triumph over the Maratha Confederacy in Western India at the turn of the century. In a tale of two cities--Surat and Bombay--the author shows how merchant communities coped between two empires, the Mughal andthe British.
Main Description
* Studies the dynamics of English Imperial expansion on the west coast of India Subramanian highlights the critical role played by Bania credit and capital in the English triumph over the Maratha Confederacy in Western India at the turn of the century. In a tale of two cities--Surat and Bombay--the author shows how merchant communities coped between two empires, the Mughal andthe British.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Trade in the west coast in the first half of the eighteenth-centuryp. 22
Mid-century English victories: The Konkan coast and the Surat Castlep. 75
The emergence of the Anglo-Bania order 1750-1780p. 119
Consolidation and challenge: The Anglo-Bania order and the Surat riots of 1795p. 172
The years of triumph: Bombay and the new order on the west coast 1795-1810p. 253
Conclusionp. 317
Appendixp. 343
Select Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 360
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