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Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Indian Cotton Textiles in West Africa

African Agency, Consumer Demand and the Making of the Global Economy, 1750–1850

Authors: Kobayashi, Kazuo

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  • Explores how West African consumers shaped patterns of global trade, influencing economies in Western Europe, South Asia and the Americas
  • Offers a new perspective on the history of South-South globalization during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Reveals the important role played by Indian cotton textiles in the transatlantic slave trade
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This book focuses on the significant role of West African consumers in the development of the global economy. It explores their demand for Indian cotton textiles and how their consumption shaped patterns of global trade, influencing economies and businesses from Western Europe to South Asia. In turn, the book examines how cotton textile production in southern India responded to this demand. Through this perspective of a south-south economic history, the study foregrounds African agency and considers the lasting impact on production and exports in South Asia. It also considers how European commercial and imperial expansion provided a complex web of networks, linking West African consumers and Indian weavers. Crucially, it demonstrates the emergence of the modern global economy.  

About the authors

Kazuo Kobayashi is Associate Professor of Economic History at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His research and teaching focus on African and global economic history.



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“Kazuo Kobayashi’s book is an innovative and incisive study of consumer interests in the lower Senegal River region as well as their distant reverberations. By tracing out the global effects of West African demand for Indian textiles, Kobayashi not only elucidates South Asian production for African markets but also how West African demands shaped European-South Asian relations. Indian Cotton Textiles in West Africa thus offers a new perspective on global economic history and a fascinating window on linkages between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds.” (Jeremy Prestholdt, University of California, USA)

“This volume provides a new narrative in global history by considering the production, trade and consumption of cloth in Africa, Asia and Europe. For the first time West African consumers are presented as integral in global processes of economic change. Through meticulous research Kazuo Kobayashi demonstrates that the emergence of a global economy can no longer be narrated through Western categories and actors.” (Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, UK)

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-27

    Kobayashi, Kazuo

  • West African Seaborne Trade, 1750–1850: The Transition from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to ‘Legitimate’ Commerce

    Pages 29-80

    Kobayashi, Kazuo

  • Guinées in the Lower Senegal River: A Consumer-Led Trade in the Early Nineteenth Century

    Pages 81-125

    Kobayashi, Kazuo

  • Procurement of Indian Textiles for West Africa, 1750–1850

    Pages 127-164

    Kobayashi, Kazuo

  • Western European Merchants and West Africa, 1750–1850: Continuity and Change

    Pages 165-194

    Kobayashi, Kazuo

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18675-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18674-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Indian Cotton Textiles in West Africa
Book Subtitle
African Agency, Consumer Demand and the Making of the Global Economy, 1750–1850
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18675-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18675-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18674-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 256
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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