The Trading World of Asia and the English East India Company: 1660-1760

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 2006 - Business & Economics - 628 pages
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The main contribution of the work is to offer a comprehensive history of the English East India Company during the century 1660-1760. It also examines the commercial economy of the Asian countries in which the Company traded and its political relations with Asian princes. Finally, it is a study of business and economic decision-making under pre-modern conditions. The book is based on an extensive analysis of the quantitative and qualitative material available in the Company's archives. The data-processing of the quantitative evidence and its subsequent statistical analysis was carried out on a computer, and the book contains comprehensive tables on the volume and value of the Company's trade, prices of commercial goods, and on monetary and financial history. The extensive scope of the book and its consideration not only of the Company but of the economies in which it operated make it essential reading for all concerned with the economic history of the period, both of Europe and Asia. The techniques used in analysing the original data and their theoretical framework make it of methodological interest to economic historians.
 

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Contents

The international economy and the East India trade
1
i Import time trends 481
6
FIGURES
14
A formal theoretical model of the East India
19
The Companys decisionmaking and operational process
24
The East India Companys organisation
33
The structure of early trade and the pattern
41
Longterm trends and fluctuations 16601760
79
The Company and the Indian textile industry
237
The Companys trade in textiles
277
Total textile orders
284
Total textile imports
286
weighted average
293
Pepper
313
Import of bulk goods
329
Raw silk
343

Total imports
82
polynomial and linear trend
83
polynomial and linear trend
84
Scatter diagram of imports against exports
85
Price of ordinary rice in Bengal 171260
102
Lead price
103
polynomial and linear trend
104
polynomial and linear trend
105
polynomial and linear trend
106
polynomial and linear trend
107
polynomial and linear trend
108
Politics of trade
109
Markets merchants and the Company
131
The export of treasure and the monetary system
153
The structure of country trade in Asia
191
o Export of European commodities
215
Coffee
359
Imports from China
385
Financial results
411
Conclusion
453
Notes on the statistical tables of the East India
463
Timeseries analysis of the East India Companys
477
imports
480
The econometric estimation of the trading model
484
The grouped list and the glossary of Indian
500
The statistical tables of the Companys trade
507
General glossary
549
Short titles cited in the reference notes
567
T W A i ix
599
Index
615
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