The Commercial Economy of Medieval India

Selected readings

Rajat Datta
Centre for Historical Studies
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University


W.H. Moreland, From Akbar to Aurungzeb: A Study in Indian Economic History, (first published 1923), Delhi, 1972 

Chaudhuri, K.N, Trade and Civilization in the Indian Ocean, Cambridge, 1985.

 S. Arasarathnam, `Indian Merchants and Their Trading Methods', IESHR, March 1966.

 S. Arasarathnam, Maritime India in the Seventeenth Century, Delhi,1994.

Pierre Vilar, A History of Gold and Money, London, 1969.

Indu Banga, Ports and Their Hinterlands in India, 1700-1950, New Delhi, 1992.

Sanjay Subrahmanyam (ed.), Merchants, Markets and the State in EarlyModern India, Delhi, 1987.

Sanjay Subhramanyam (ed.), Money and the Market in India, 1100-1700, Delhi, 1991.

Dwijen Tripathi, (ed.), Business Communities in India: A Historical Perspective, New Delhi, 1984.

Dwijen Tripathi (ed.), Business and Politics in India: A Historical Perspective, Delhi, 1991.

Satish Chandra (ed.), Essays in Medieval Indian Economic History, Delhi, 1987.

Irfan Habib, Agrarian System of Mughal India, Bombay, 1963.

Irfan Habib, `Potentialities of Capitalistic Development in the Economy of Mughal India', Enquiry, New Series, Winter 1971.

Irfan Habib, `Banking in Mughal India', in T. Raychaudhuri (ed.), Contributions to Indian Economic History, volume 1, Calcutta, 1960.

Irfan Habib, Essays in Indian History, Delhi, 1995.

 Shireen Moosvi, The Mughal Economy c. 1595: A Statistical Study, Delhi, 1987.

T. Raychaudhuri, and I. Habib (ed.), The Cambridge Economic History of India, volume 1, ca.1100-ca.1750.

B.R. Grover, `An Integrated Pattern of Commercial Life in the Rural Society of North India during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries [first published, 1966], reprinted in S. Subrahmanyam, (ed.), Money and Market in India

K.N. Chaudhuri, `Markets and Traders in India during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries' (first published, 1979), reprinted in S. Subrahmanyam, Money and Market in India.

 Ashin Das Gupta, `The Medieval Merchant' from A.Das Gupta, Malabar in Asian

Trade, 1740-1800, Cambridge,1967.

 Ashin Das Gupta, Indian Merchants and the Decline of Surat, c1700-1750, Weisbaden, 1979.

Ashin Das Gupta and M.N. Pearson (ed.), India and the Indian Ocean, 1500-1800, Delhi, 1987.

 J.F. Richards (ed.), Precious Metals in the late Medieval and early Modern Worlds, Durham, 1983.

J.F. Richards, The Imperial Monetary System of Mughal India, Delhi, 1987.

J.F. Richards, Power, Administration and Finance in Mughal India, Aldrshot, 1993.

Om Prakash, The Dutch East India Company and the Economy of Bengal, Delhi, 1994.

Om Prakash, Asia and the Pre-Modern World Economy, Leiden, 1995.

 Om Prakash, European Commercial Enterprise in Pre-colonial India, Cambridge, 1988.

M.N. Pearson, Merchants and Rulers in Gujarat, Delhi, 1976.

M.N. Pearson, Before Colonialism: Theories on Asian-European Relations, 1500-1700, Delhi, 1989.

 Rajat Datta, `Peasant Production and Agrarian Commercialism in a Rice-growing Economy: Some Notes on a Comparative Perspective and the Case of Bengal in the Eighteenth Century', in Peter Robb (ed.), Meanings of Agriculture: Essays in South Asian History and Economics, Delhi, OUP, 1996.

 Rajat Datta, `Markets, Bullion and Bengal's Commercial Economy: the Eighteenth Century Perspective', in Om Prakash and D. Lombard (eds), Trade and Culture in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1800, Delhi, 1999.

A.Gunder Frank, ReOrient, Global Economy in the Asian Age, Delhi, 1998.