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Smuggling as Subversion : Colonialism, Indian Merchants, and the Politics of Opium, 1790-1843

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Smuggling as Subversion is the first comprehensive account of the opium industry in western India during the colonial period, from its beginnings to the mid-19th century. This is an in-depth examination of the use of opium during colonial times, and at the same time the fascinating story of how Indian merchants developed a smuggling enterprise that subverted the East India Company's monopoly in the drug, setting in motion a chain of events that led to the first Opium War in China.show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108867
  • 9780739108864

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The amount of literature concerning the India-China opium trade during the nineteenth century is massive. We know much about the drug produced in British India. Far less documented is the commodity from the Malwa plateau, the other major poppy cultivating region in south Asia. Amar Farooqui's superb examination of early nineteenth-century archival material illuminates the complexities of opium production in these quasi-independent Native States. His data for the years before 1843 is rich and his analysis is welcomed. The book is mandatory reading for all serious students of India's involvement in a seminal and controversial era in Asian history. -- Paul Winther, Eastern Kentucky University [This is] an important book that skillfully weaves together research on key themes in south Asian history and which demonstrates the importance of opium to the economics and politics of western India. -- James Mills, University of Strathclyde, Glasgowshow more

About Amar Farooqui

Amar Farooqui is reader in modern Indian history, University of Delhi.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Malwa Opium: The Problem Chapter 3 The Setting Chapter 4 From Poppy Fields to Malwa Markets Chapter 5 The Politics of Opium and the Malwa Opium Agency (1824-1831) Chapter 6 Smuggled Malwa Opium and Indigenous Business Enterprise Chapter 7 Daman to Macao: The Portuguese Connection Chapter 8 Violence and Reversal of Policy Chapter 9 The Ascendancy of Bombay Part 10 Appendices Chapter 11 Appendix I: List fo merchants/firms engaged in Malwa Opium Trade, 1790-1830 Chapter 12 Appendix II: Proforma for Opium Passport Chapter 13 Appendix III: List of Prominent Indian merchants/firms engaged in Malwa Opium Trade at Bombay, 1844show more

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