The Oxford India Anthology of Business History

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

EditorKudaisya, Medha M.

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This anthology analyses the role played by Indian business in the making of modern India. It takes up critical strands within Indian business history and highlights the tremendous diversity of forms, ethnic and regional affiliations, cultural practices, strategies, and types of organizationwhich characterize Indian business. In doing so, it gives 'voice' to Indian business as an agent of change embedded within larger historical processes in the twentieth century. The anthology brings together for the first time critical texts relating to several major themes in Indian business history. It includes not just academic texts but also letters, speeches, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, community publications, commercial newspapers, records of tradingorganizations and chambers of commerce, and government sources. The objective is to highlight themes, personalities, dimensions, events, and processes which illustrate the history of Indian business and which reflect debates that are alive and pertinent.

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This anthology analyses the role played by Indian business in the making of modern India. It takes up critical strands within Indian business history and highlights the tremendous diversity of forms, ethnic and regional affiliations, cultural practices, strategies, and types of organizationwhich characterize Indian business. In doing s...

Medha M. Kudaisya is a Professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pagesPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The BazaarThe Bazaar: Changing Structural Characteristics of the Indigenous Section of the Indian Economy before and after the Great DepressionJournal of a Residence in IndiaIndigenous Credit Instruments and SystemsThe GaddiLeadership in the BazaarOrganization and Structure of GovernanceMercantile Codes of StatusBazaar Fortunes: World War I (I)Bazaar Fortunes: World War I (II)Historical Continuity and the Present-day Bazaar (I)Historical Continuity and the Present-day Bazaar (II)Informal Credit Markets in India2. Mercantile CommunitiesMerchant Communities: Identities and SolidaritiesIndian Merchants in a 'Traditional' Setting: Benaras, 1780-1830The Origins of Parsi EnterpriseFrom Community to Class: The Marwari in a Historical PerspectiveMadras to Burma: The Nattukottai Chettiars and Development 1852-1939The Bohras Today: Characteristics of Business EnterpriseSmall Industrialists, Big Ambitions: Economic and Political Networks on a Large Industrial Estate in West India3. Family and FirmRulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion 1770-1870Caste and Capitalism in Colonial India: The Nattukottai ChettiarsLife and Times of G.D. BirlaA Rare Legacy: Memoirs of B.K. BirlaThe Structure of Corporate Private Sector: A Study of Concentration, Ownership and ControlFamily Business in India4. Rise of Indian IndustryThe Economic History of India 1857-1947Sahibs, Babus, and Banias: Changes in Industrial Control in Eastern India, 1918-50The TatasSaga of Scindia: Struggle for the Survival of Indian Shipping and Ship-buildingBombay as a Business Centre in the Colonial Period: A Comparison with CalcuttaTowards MaturityImperialism and Growth of Indian Capitalism in Twentieth CenturyIndustry and LiberalizationMy Experience of Indian Management and Present Business EnvironmentAditya Birla's Speech, 27 June 1978Dhirubhai Ambani: the Super TycoonThe Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani5. Post-Liberalization ScenarioIndustry: From Regulation to LiberalizationPost-Liberalization Business SuccessesIndia's Global Powerhouses: How They are Taking on the WorldThe Creation of Wealth: The Tatas from the 19th to the 21st CenturyInterview with Ratan Tata: The Fortune is Indeed at the Bottom of the PyramidKumara Managalam Birla: New Frontiers, New ThinkingN.R. Narayana Murthy: Values First