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Ascent and Decline of Native and Colonial Trading

Ascent and Decline of Native and Colonial Trading
Tale of Four Indian Cities

First Edition
  • Vijay K Seth - Former Professor, International Management Institute and Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi

January 2019 | 316 pages | SAGE India

Ascent and Decline of Native and Colonial Trading: Tale of Four Indian Cities presents a vivid picture of how the British political regime reorganized the structure of the Indian economy to suit its own objectives. While doing so, the regime also affected the geographical distribution of economic activities, which in turn altered the locations of poverty and prosperity.

To reveal how the British colonial power brought about such changes in the Indian  subcontinent, the book narrates the account of two pairs of native and colonial cities— Dacca and Calcutta from the eastern coast, and Surat and Bombay from the western coast. These were major centres of manufacturing, shared a common history and  experienced the consequences of three different political dispensations—the Mughal Empire, the East India Company and the British Raj. It describes in detail how mutually beneficial relationships and interregional variations between these cities developed because of colonial restructuring. Due to its extensive coverage and analysis of the underlying phenomena, this book will prove indispensable for developing a deep understanding of Indian colonial and economic history.

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Tale of Four Cities During Mughal Empire
Economic Environment During Rule of East India Company
Tale of Four Cities and the East India Company
Economic Environment During British Raj
Tale of Four Cities and British Raj
Key features

·         This book analyses the rise and fall of traditional flexible manufacturing, concept that has been developed by the author.


·          It narrates how the forces which lead to development and prosperity keep changing their location with changes in the political regime.


·          It describes how the political and economic environment created by the Mughal empire provided necessary conditions for the evolution of Indian traditional flexible manufacturing.


·         It vividly depicts how the East India Company transformed the socio-political and economic environment of the subcontinent through its monopoly of trade and monopoly of political power.

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ISBN: 9789353280840