Business, Race, and Politics in British India, c.1850-1960

Hardcover | March 15, 1999

byMaria Misra

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This is a study of the political and economic activities of an important group of British businessmen in India between 1850 and 1960. Though denounced by Indian nationalists as the economic arm of the British Raj, the firms of these `Managing Agents' seemed unassailable before the First WorldWar. However, during the inter-war period they rapidly lost their commanding position to both Indian and other foreign competitors. Dr Misra argues that the failure of these firms was, in part, the consequence of their particular (and ultimately self-defeating) attitudes towards business, politics,and race. She casts new light on British colonial society in India, and makes an important contribution to current debates on the nature of the British Empire and the causes of Britain's relative economic decline.

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This is a study of the political and economic activities of an important group of British businessmen in India between 1850 and 1960. Though denounced by Indian nationalists as the economic arm of the British Raj, the firms of these `Managing Agents' seemed unassailable before the First WorldWar. However, during the inter-war period th...

Maria Misra is a Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Keble College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I - The Origins of the Managing Houses, 1860-19191. The Managing Agency Houses in the Era of High Imperialism, 1860-1919Part II - The Managing Agencies and the Indian Economy, 1919-19472. The Partnership Firm and its Critics3. Industry and Innovation4. Commerce and FinancePart III - Expatriate Enterprise, Race, and Politics5. Business, Race, and Economic Nationalism6. Business, the State, and Economic Development, 1919-19477. Business, Politics, and Reform, 1919-19478. British Business and Independence, 1947-1970ConclusionBibliography

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`Misra ... has written a subtle, elegant, and absorbing study of this phenomenon.'G R G Hambly, CHOICE, February 2000