Book Review-‘The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580–1930: A global perspective’ by G. A. Nadri

By Markus Vink, published November 2020


Ghulam Nadri, an Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University specializing in early modern Gujarat and India, traces the convoluted ‘long-durée moment’ [sic] (p. 121) of natural indigo in India as a global commercial dye. Informed by the global commodity chains conceptual framework, this book looks at this particular trade from its inception in the late sixteenth century until its eventual demise in the early twentieth century. The book’s stated objectives are twofold: to write the history of indigo in early modern and colonial India in a global context, that is, as part of the global processes of indigo production, trade, and consumption, and to examine the processes and trajectories of production and exchange and their connections to other commodity chains and embeddedness in the politics of empire and colonial expansion (p. 1)…

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Logistics

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