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During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, servants in the East India Company established a private English trading network that was successful and highly competitive. How was this development maintained seeing that the group of private merchants was constantly changing? The answer must be found in the close ties connecting Madras with the City of London. London was the financial centre of the British Empire as well as the generator of overseas expansion. Colonial societies in the West Indies and North America were economically and socially dependent upon the metropolis and so was Madras. This book places the activities of the private merchants in Madras within the framework of the first British Empire. It focuses on a hitherto neglected field of study, uncovering a private trading network, a diaspora, built on gentlemanly capitalism, trust and ethnicity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9788772899091
ISBN-10: 8772899093
Format: Hardback
(155mm x 230mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: Denmark

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Author Biography - Soren Mentz

Soren Mentz has a PhD in history from the University of Copenhagen. He has been a casual research student at the Delhi School of Economics and has visited local archives in India as well as in Great Britain. His articles have been published in Indian Economic and Social History Review and Itinerario. Currently, he is curator at Frederiksborgmuseet, The National Historical Museum at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.