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A business history of India: enterprise and the emergence of capitalism from 1700

Roy, Tirthankar (2018) A business history of India: enterprise and the emergence of capitalism from 1700. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781316637487

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781316906903


In recent decades, private investment has led to an economic resurgence in India. But this is not the first time the region has witnessed impressive business growth. There have been many similar stories over the past 300 years. India's economic history shows that capital was relatively expensive. How, then, did capitalism flourish in the region? How did companies and entrepreneurs deal with the shortage of key resources? Has there been a common pattern in responses to these issues over the centuries? Through detailed case studies of firms, entrepreneurs, and business commodities, Tirthankar Roy answers these questions. Roy bridges the approaches of business and economic history, illustrating the development of a distinctive regional capitalism. On each occasion of growth, connections with the global economy helped firms and entrepreneurs better manage risks. Making these deep connections between India's economic past and present shows why history matters in its remaking of capitalism today.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 13:40
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 23:20

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