Tirthankar Roy

 Professor, Economic History

London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
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New books

The Crafts and Capitalism: Handloom Weaving Industry in Colonial India (Routledge 2020).

ISBN: 978-0-367-36528-8 (hbk) ISBN: 978-0-429-34683-5 (ebk)

It is often said that the British Industrial Revolution and the free trade policy of British colonial rule in India had a profoundly destructive effect on Indian artisanal weaving. Crafts and Capitalism presents an alternative to this view, suggesting that handloom weaving was a differentiated bundle of skills so that the effects of British industrialization and free trade on it was differentiated too.

The Economic History of Colonialism (with Leigh Gardner) (Bristol University Press 2020)

ISBN: 978-1529207644

Debates about the origins and legacies of European rule in the non-European world have animated the field of economic history since the 1850s. Since the 1990s, there has been a shift in perspective in the study of the colonial legacy. Economic History of Colonialism is a synthesis of this new understanding.

A Business History of India: Enterprise and the Emergence of Capitalism from 1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

ISBN: 9781316906903

In recent decades, private investment led an economic resurgence in India. This was not the first time the region witnessed impressive business growth. Evidence shows that capital was always costly in India. How, then, did capitalism flourish? How did companies and entrepreneurs deal with the shortage of key resources? Business History answers these questions.