Eighteenth-Century Gujarat

The Dynamics of Its Political Economy, 1750-1800


The eighteenth century in South Asian history is a period of great dynamism and a critical phase in the historical trajectory of the subcontinent. This book focuses on the merchants and manufacturers of Gujarat, who amidst complex political developments succeeded in preserving their autonomy and freedom in the market place. By spotting economic growth in the late eighteenth century, this study rejects the constructed dualism between a seventeenth century of great progress and an eighteenth century of chaos and decline.
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Biographical Note

G. A. Nadri (1972) obtained his MA in History (1993) and M Phil. (1996) from Aligarh Muslim University and his PhD (2007) from Leiden University. He is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University, Atlanta. His main interests are the socio-economic history of early modern Gujarat/South Asia and the maritime trade of the Indian Ocean.

Review Quotes

"Nadri’s book on Gujarat’s economy is a stimulating and thorough study of a prosperous eighteenth century region, largely drawn from Dutch and English archives and some important unpublished Persian materials."
SAMIRA SHEIKH, Vanderbilt University, Journal of Asian Studies, 70 (2011).


All those interested in the social and economic history of early modern South Asia, Indian Ocean commerce, and South Asia's colonial transition in the eighteenth century.


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