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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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Ravi
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
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Sunny
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............
Karthik D.R
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.
Anuradha Goyal
Learn about the trade in ancient Tamil country and the role of temples http://www.anureviews.com/merchants-o...
Ashwath
The book in very simple terms explains the history of the Tamil merchant class. A good read.
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