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Trading firms in colonial India

Roy, Tirthankar (2014) Trading firms in colonial India. Business History Review, 88 (01). pp. 9-42. ISSN 0007-6805

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0007680513001402


The aim of this article is to develop a general narrative of the firms that led the growth of trade in nineteenth-century India, and thus to supply a missing piece in modern Indian business history. The trading firms had several features in common with trading firms globally, especially, a high degree of mobility, institutional adaptation, and occasionally, diversification into banking and manufacturing. But certain aspects of the process were specific to the regions where they operated, such as differences between the ports and the interior trading orders, between cities, and between expatriate and indigenous firms. The article reconsiders these features.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N0 - General > N00 - General
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 12:10
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:18

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