The World of the Tamil Merchant: Pioneers of International Trade

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How did the Tamil merchant become India s first link to the outside world? The tale of the Tamil merchant is a fascinating story of the adventure of commerce in the ancient and early medieval periods in India. The early medieval period saw an economic structure dominated by the rise of powerful Tamil empires under the Pallava and Chola dynasties. This book marks the many significant ways in which the Tamil merchants impacted the political and economic development of south India.

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Kanakalatha Mukund has a PhD in economics and was on the faculty of the University of Bombay, Bhopal University and the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. An economist with a keen interest in history and a passion in textiles, she is the author of The Trading World of the Tamil Merchant, The View from Below and Traditional Industry in the New Market Economy.

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A refreshing perspective [on] the interplay between the merchant/ business community and the state, temples and society. --Outlook Business

Mukund creates a fascinating picture of busy ports, throbbing bazaars, artisan guilds and temple banks ... [The book highlights] the central role played by commerce in the evolution of Indian civilization. --Telegraph

Kanakalatha Mukund weaves for us [a] complex story ... with a command over all the available historical sources of information. --Book Review

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