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West Indies technologies in the East Indies: imperial preference and sugar business in Bihar, 1800-1850s

Hutkova, Karolina (2021) West Indies technologies in the East Indies: imperial preference and sugar business in Bihar, 1800-1850s. Business History. ISSN 1743-7938

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00076791.2021.1907345

Abstract

Today India is among the major sugar producers and sugar-making has a long tradition, yet the adoption of modern sugar technologies was delayed. Which factors underpinned this? This article examines the attempts of European sugar entrepreneurs to adopt new sugar technologies in 1830s–1840s Bihar. Its findings correspond with recent literature on Indian economic development which emphasises the role of declining agricultural productivity in economic stagnation in the colonial period. This article supports the conclusions that low agricultural productivity was the outcome of inadequate investment on the part of the British Empire. It also highlights that in the case of commercial crops–such as sugar–investment into new technologies with potential for increasing productivity was hindered by British trade policies. As British imperial policies gave preference to the welfare of the British consumer, lacked consideration for colonial manufacturing, they did not create a beneficial environment for long-run investment projects.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fbsh20/current
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 13:33
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110453

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