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Traditional industry in the economy of colonial India

Author: Tirthankar Roy
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Cambridge studies in Indian history and society, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The majority of manufacturing workers in South Asia are employed in industries that rely on manual labour and craft skills. Some of these industries have existed for centuries and survived great changes in consumption and technology over the past 150 years. In earlier studies, historians of the region focused on mechanized rather than craft industries, arguing that traditional manufacturing was destroyed or  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tirthankar Roy
ISBN: 0521650127 9780521650120
OCLC Number: 39897345
Description: xi, 252 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Markets and organization --
3. Handloom weaving --
4. Gold thread (jari) --
5. Brassware --
6. Leather --
7. Carpets --
8. Conclusion.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Indian history and society, 5.
Responsibility: Tirthankar Roy.
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