Trade and traders in early Indian society

By: Chakravarti, Ranabir
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Delhi Manohar Publishers 2020Edition: 3rdDescription: xxxi, 328 p.: ill. Includes index and bibliographical referencesISBN: 9788173046957Subject(s): India - Civilization - To 1200 | India - Commerce - History | Merchants - India - HistoryDDC classification: 381.0954 Summary: Situating trade and traders in the overall agrarian milieu of early India, this book highlights the diversities of merchants and market places, which are not viewed as an undifferentiated category. Chakravarti strongly argues against the perception of declining trade in India during the period AD 600-1000, and demonstrates the linkages of trade at the locality level during this period. The author questions the stereotyped account of early Indian commerce merely in terms of trade in luxuries and draws our attention to transactions in daily necessities. In-depth analysis of maritime commerce in the Bengal coast (c. 200 BC to AD 1300) is a major feature of the book. The author also explores different, if not sometimes conflicting, attitudes of early Indian society to merchants, who were lauded as patrons to cultural activities and also branded as 'open thieves'; yet the presence of non-indigenous merchants was always favored. The settlements of foreign merchants especially in coastal tracts witnessed in different ages remarkable cultural synthesis and coexistence among diverse trading communities. Most significantly, the social and cultural accommodation of several non-indigenous minority groups is inseparably associated with the history of early Indian commerce. The author also examines the role of trading communities in the making of a plural and complex society like India. https://www.routledge.com/Trade-and-Traders-in-Early-Indian-Society/Chakravarti/p/book/9780367529789
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Table of content

i. Preface to the Third Editions
ii. Preface to the Second Edition
1. Introduction
2. Early Historical India: A Study in its Material Milieu (c. 600 BC-AD 300)
3. Merchants and Other Donors at Ancient Bandhogarh
4. The Putabhedana as a Centre of Trade in Early India
5. Rājaśreşţhī
6. Maritime Trade and Voyages in Ancient Bengal
7. Vangasagara-sambhandariyaka: A Riverine Trade Centre of Early Medieval Bengal
8. Seafaring in the Bengal Coast: The Early Medieval Scenario
9. Trade at Mandapikas in Early Medieval North India
10. The Pentha as a Centre of Trade in the Deccan c. AD 600-1300
11. Nakhuda Nuruddin Firuz at Somanatha: ad 1264
12. Information, Exchange and Administration: Case Studies from Early India
13. An Enchanting Seascape: Through Epigraphic Lens
14. Three Copper Plates of the Sixth Century CE
15. Gujarat's Maritime Trade and Alternative Moneys (c. 550-1300 ce)

Situating trade and traders in the overall agrarian milieu of early India, this book highlights the diversities of merchants and market places, which are not viewed as an undifferentiated category. Chakravarti strongly argues against the perception of declining trade in India during the period AD 600-1000, and demonstrates the linkages of trade at the locality level during this period. The author questions the stereotyped account of early Indian commerce merely in terms of trade in luxuries and draws our attention to transactions in daily necessities. In-depth analysis of maritime commerce in the Bengal coast (c. 200 BC to AD 1300) is a major feature of the book.
The author also explores different, if not sometimes conflicting, attitudes of early Indian society to merchants, who were lauded as patrons to cultural activities and also branded as 'open thieves'; yet the presence of non-indigenous merchants was always favored. The settlements of foreign merchants especially in coastal tracts witnessed in different ages remarkable cultural synthesis and coexistence among diverse trading communities. Most significantly, the social and cultural accommodation of several non-indigenous minority groups is inseparably associated with the history of early Indian commerce. The author also examines the role of trading communities in the making of a plural and complex society like India.

https://www.routledge.com/Trade-and-Traders-in-Early-Indian-Society/Chakravarti/p/book/9780367529789

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