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Company of Kinsmen: Enterprise and Community in South Asian History 1700-1940

Tirthankar Roy


This book chronicles how the concept of organizing people to serve economic ends emerged in early modern and colonial India. It examines rules of cooperation, why people decided to join forces, how disputes were settled, and how cooperative communities became increasingly unstable in more modern times. It focuses on five dimensions: actor, agent, time, purpose, and region. The leading actors are peasants, labourers, artisans, merchants/bankers, and the states. The rules of cooperation that formed inside communities of merchants and others were respected by the states. However, these rules woul ... More

Keywords: India, economic history, peasants, states, merchants, artisans, property, cooperation, endogamous guild

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780198063780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tirthankar Roy, author
London School of Economics and Political Science