The Global World of Indian Merchants, 1750–1947: Traders of Sind from Bukhara to Panama

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 22, 2000 - History - 327 pages
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Claude Markovits tells the story of two groups of Hindu merchants from the towns of Shikarpur and Hyderabad in the province of Sind. Basing his account on previously neglected archival sources, the author charts the development of these communities, from the pre-colonial period through colonial conquest and up to independence, describing how they came to control trading networks throughout the world. While the book focuses on the trade of goods, money and information from Sind to the widely dispersed locations of Kobe, Panama, Bukhara and Cairo, it also throws light on the nature of trading diasporas from South Asia in their interaction with the global economy. This is a sophisticated and accessible book, written by one of the most distinguished economic historians in the field. It will appeal to scholars of South Asia, as well as to colonial historians and to students of religion.
 

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Contents

Sind economy and society c 17501950
32
the Shikarpuri network c 17501947
57
the Sindworkies of Hyderabad
110
5 Patterns of circulation and business organization in two merchant networks
156
6 The business of the Sind merchants
185
7 The politics of merchant networks
212
8 Community and gender in two merchant networks
249
the Sindhi diaspora after 1947
277
Conclusion
286
Employment contract of a shop assistant
298
Employment contract of a servant
299
Partnership deed between three Hyderabad merchants
301
Secret War Office Memorandum Sindhi Merchants
303
Bibliography
307
Index
320
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