INDIA IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD ECONOMY

July 22, 2010 at 8:32 am | Posted in Asia, Books, Economics, Financial, Globalization, History, India, Research, Third World, World-system | Leave a comment

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India in the early modern world economy:

modes of production, reproduction and exchange

David Washbrook

Abstract

India played a leading role in the growth of the early modern world economy. Yet its historiography has been dominated by forebodings of the colonial conquest and decline, which were to overtake it at the end of the eighteenth century.

This essay seeks to explore the strengths rather than weaknesses of the Indian economy between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries when the goods which it produced were in heavy demand in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

However, it also points to ways in which specific features of India’s commercial development created vulnerabilities to conquest from overseas, which would be exploited later on.

David Washbrook a1

a1 St Antony’s College, Oxford, UK E-mail:

david.washbrook@sant.ox.ac.uk

Journal of Global History (2007), 2:1:87-111

Cambridge University Press

Journal of Global History

(2007), 2: 87-111

Cambridge University Press

India in the early modern world economy:

modes of production, reproduction and exchange

David Washbrook

Journal of Global History

(2007), 2: 87-111

Also:

Rethinking economic change in India – labour and livelihood

By Tirthankar Roy, London and New York:

Routledge, 2005. Pp. xii + 202. ISBN 0-415-34989-3.

Vanita Sharma

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