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Merchants of Tamilakam: Pioneers of International Trade

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Merchants of Tamilakam: Pioneers of International Trade by Kanakalatha Mukund and Gurcharan Das is a book that deals with the subject of trade during the 18th Century in the Tamil provinces in India. This book analyses the relationship between the state, the temple, and society in the region of Tamilakam, and traces the distribution of power among these entities. The book ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Penguin Books India (first published January 1st 2012)
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Karthik D.R
Oct 18, 2013 Karthik D.R rated it really liked it
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Awesome Ancients!

The economists say "Wealth of Nations-Adam Smith, is the turning point in the field of economics" but this book shows evidences that "Trade & Commerce" flourished in an efficient way much before (read centuries before) all modern economists.

Author had done justice to the task she had undertaken. Well researched facts & evidences that leave readers spellbound.

At last, I felt proud for our ancestors' knowledge & skill in the art/science of Economics.
Sajith Kumar
Jan 11, 2016 Sajith Kumar rated it it was ok
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This book is one among a series on the ‘Story of Indian Business’ by various authors, with Gurcharan Das as the series editor. The author, Kanakalatha Mukund is not a historian in the conventional sense, having a PhD in economics. She was on the faculty of Economics and Social Studies of Bombay and Bhopal universities. An economist with a keen interest in history, she has authored many books and lives in Coonoor in the Nilgiris. This volume covers the history of trade in the millennium between t ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Ravi rated it really liked it
As part of the story of Indian business series this book deals with trade in South India primarily during the Sangam era. The book describes the ample trade between South India and Ancient Rome and Greece. I liked the way the book was written.

Key things I learnt :
- there was so much demand for Indian pepper in Rome that a Roman historian commented that Rome's cash was being depleted
- there were Greek and Roman quarters in many of the big cities of Tamilakam. Foreigners were commonly referred to
Jun 15, 2016 Sunny rated it really liked it
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So far this one seems to be a nice book, very informative about the India's Southern Kingdoms and cultures. Author has done a great job, although its about magnificient history of great rulers/merchants who helped to spread prosperity / business here. Many times the author narrates that in the far lands of western countries..India's merchant/rulers and India's wealth was a hot topic of debate and westerns were worried about there draining gold assets.
Inetersting and very revealing............
Anuradha Goyal
Feb 02, 2013 Anuradha Goyal rated it liked it
Learn about the trade in ancient Tamil country and the role of temples
Jan 03, 2013 Ashwath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book in very simple terms explains the history of the Tamil merchant class. A good read.
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“Pliny, writing in 75 CE, complained that there was ‘no year in which India does not drain our Empire of at least fifty five million sesterces’.25 In fact, trade with Rome peaked in the latter half of the first century CE during the reign of Tiberius, which is substantiated by the large share of the coins of Augustus and Tiberius among all the Roman coins found in India.26” 0 likes
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