IOWC Associate: Om Prakash

Om Prakash gained a BA in Economics at the University of Delhi, an MA in Economics at the Delhi School of Economics and a PhD in Economic History at the Delhi School of Economics. He has since held a number of prestigious positions, including most recently at the Delhi School of Economics as Head of the Department of Economics (1989-92), Director (2001-2) and Professor of Economic History. An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Prakash is an elected Member of the Executive Committee, International Economic History Association (2002-2009). He has been a permanent Foreign Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, since 2000 and has been a permanent Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, Haarlem, The Netherlands, since 1992. He was also Associate Editor of the Indian Economic and Social History Review from 1965 to 1996.

Publications

Books


2012 Co-editor (with D.P. Chattopadhyaya), The Trading World of the Indian Ocean, 1500-1800, vol. 3, part 7 of the History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization series. New Delhi: Pearson.

2007 The Dutch factories in India: a collection of Dutch East India Company documents pertaining to India. Vol. II, 1624-1627. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers.

2004 Bullion For Goods, European and Indian Merchants in the Indian Ocean Trade, 1500-1800. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers.

2003 Euro-Asian Encounter in the Early Modern Period. Kuala Lumpur: Sephis-University of Malaya.

2003 Co-editor (with Jos J.L. Gommans), Circumambulations of South Asian History, Essays in Honour of D.H.A. Kolff. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

2000 European Commercial Enterprise in Pre-colonial India, vol. II.5 in the New Cambridge History of India series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Paperback edition of 1998 publication.)

1999 Co-editor (with Denys Lombard), Commerce and Culture in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1800. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers.

1998 European Commercial Enterprise in Pre-colonial India vol. II.5 in the New Cambridge History of India series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Paperback edition printed in 2000).

1997 European Commercial Expansion in Early Modern Asia, vol. X in the Expanding World series. Hampshire, UK: Variorum.

1995 Asia and the Pre - modern World Economy. Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies.

1994 Precious Metals and Commerce: The Dutch East India Company in the Indian Ocean Trade. Hampshire, UK: Variorum.

1989 Co-author (with M. Muchie and H.L. Wesseling), North-South Perspectives. Debates on Colonialism and North-South Relations. Amsterdam: Royal Institute for the Tropics.

1988 The Dutch East India Company and the Economy of Bengal, 1630-1720. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. (Reprint of 1985 publication.)

1985 The Dutch East India Company and the Economy of Bengal, 1630-1720. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

1984 The Dutch Factories in India, 1617-1623: a collection of Dutch East India Company documents pertaining to India. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal.

Articles, Chapters and Reviews

2009 "Indian Textiles in the Indian Ocean Trade in the Early Modern Period." In The spinning world: a global history of cotton textiles, 1200-1850, edited by Prasannan Parthasarathi and Giorgio Riello. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009 "From market-determined to coercion-based: Textile manufacturing and procurement in Bengal in the eighteenth century." In How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850, edited by Giorgio Riello and Tirthankar Roy. Leiden: Brill.

2008 "The Cashless Payment Mechanism in Mughal India: The Working of the Hundi Network." In Cashless Payments and Transactions from the Antiquity to 1914, edited by Sushil Chaudhuri and Markus A. Denzel. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

2008 "The Dutch East India Company." In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, edited by Peter N. Stearns. New York: Oxford University Press.

2007 "The transformation from a precolonial to a Colonial Order: the case of India." The ICFAI Journal of History and Culture 1.3.

2007 "Long Distance Trade, Coinage and Wages in India, 1500-1960." In Wages and Currency: global comparisons from antiquity to the twentieth century, edited by Jan Lucassen. Bern: Peter Lang. 2007 "English Private Trade in the Western Indian Ocean, 1720-1740." Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 50.2: 215-234.

2007 "From Negotiation to Coercion: Textile Manufacturing in India in the Eighteenth Century." Modern Asian Studies 41.6: 1331-1368.

2006 "First European Interventions in India." In World and Its Peoples. New York: Marshall Cavendish.

2005 "Asian Merchants and the Portuguese Trade in Asia." In Rivalry and Conflict, European Traders and Asian Trading Networks in the 16th and 17th Centuries, edited by Ernst van Veen and Leonard Blusse. Leiden: CNWS Publications.

2005 "Alternative Trading Strategies: The Dutch and the English East India Companies in Asia, 1600-1650." In Noord-Zuid in Oost-Indisch Perspectief, edited by Jan Parmentier. Zutphen: Walburg Pers.

2005 "Magalhães Godinho et l'historiographie des Portugais dans le commerce de l'Ocean Indien." In le Portugal et le Monde: Lectures de l'oeuvre de Vitorino Magalhães Godinho Volume L, edited by Arquivos do Centro Cultural Calouste Gulbenkian. Lisboa: Centro Cultural Calouste Gulbenkian.

2005 "Seventeenth-Century India as Seen by the Dutch." In India – Studies in the History of an Idea, edited by Irfan Habib. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal.

2004 "The Mughal Empire and the Dutch East India Company in the Seventeenth Century." In Hof en Handel, Aziatische Vorsten en de VOC, 1620-1720, edited by Elsbeth Locher-Scholten and Peter Rietbergen. Leiden: KITLV Press.

2004 "The Indian Maritime Merchant, 1500-1800." Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 47.3.

2004 "Commercial Communication and Monetary Integration in Early Modern India." In From Commercial Communication to Commercial Integration, edited by Markus A. Denzel. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

2003 "Bombay, Calcutta, India: Colonial Period." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, edited by Joel Mokyr. New York: Oxford University Press.

2003 "Spices and Spice Trade." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, edited by Joel Mokyr. New York: Oxford University Press.

2003 "Precious Metal Flows into India in the Early Modern Period." In Global Connections and Monetary History 1470-1800, edited by Dennis O. Flynn, Arturo Giraldez and Richard Von Glahn. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.

2003 "Introduction." In Circumambulations of South Asian History, Essays in Honour of D.H.A. Kolff, edited by Jos J.L. Gommans and Om Prakash. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

2002 "Coastal Burma and the Trading World of the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1680." In The Maritime Frontier of Burma, Exploring Political, Cultural and Commercial Interaction in the Indian Ocean World, 1200-1800, edited by Jos Gommans and Jacques Leider. Leiden: Edita.

2002 "The System of Credit in Mughal India." In Money and Credit in Indian History: From Early Medieval Times, edited by Amiya Kumar Bagchi. New Delhi: Tulika Books.

2002 "Conflict and Cooperation Among European Traders in the Indian Ocean in the Late Eighteenth Century." Indian Economic and Social History Review 39.

2002 "Asia and the Rise of the World Economy in the Early Modern Period." In Weltwirtschaft and Wirtschafts-ordnung, edited by Rainer Gommel and Markus A. Denzel. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

2002 "The English East India Company and India." In The Worlds of the East India Company, edited by Huw Bowen, Margarette Lincoln and Nigel Rigby. Suffolk, UK: The Boydell Press. (Paperback edition appeared in 2004.)

2002 "Trade and Politics in Eighteenth Century Bengal." In The Eighteenth Century in India, Debates in Indian History and Society, edited by Seema Alavi. Delhi: Oxford University Press. (Reprint of 1998 article.)

2001 "The Economic Dimension of the Portuguese Enterprise in Asia." In Vasco da Gama. Homens, Viagens e Culturas. Actas do Congresso Internacional, edited by Joaquim Romero Magalhães and Jorge Manuel Flores. Lisbon: CNCDP.

2001 "European Private Traders in the Eastern Indian Ocean Trading Network in the Early Modern Period." In Orbis in Orbem, Liber Amicorum John Everart, edited by Jan Parmentier and Sander Spanoghe. Gent: Academia Press.

2001 "Portuguese-Dutch Economic Interaction in Asia in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century." In Portos, Escalas e Ilhéus no Relacionamento entre o Ocidente e o Oriente, Actas do Congresso Internacional comemorativo do regresso de Vasco da Gama a Portugal, Ilhas Terceira e S. Miguel (Açores), 11-18 April 1999, edited by Avelino de Freitas de Meneses. Lisboa: Comissão Nacional para as Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses e Universidade dos Açores.

2001 "Global Precious Metal Flows and India, 1500-1750." In Evolution of the World Economy, Precious Metals and India, edited by John Mcguire, Patrick Bertola and Peter Reeves. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

2001 "India in the Indian Ocean Trading Network on the Eve of the Europeans' Arrival in the Asian Seas." In Explorations in the History of South Asia. Essays in Honour of Dietmar Rothermund, edited by Hermann Kulke et. al. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers.

2000 "The Portuguese in the Far East, 1540-1640." In Vasco da Gama and the Linking of Europe and Asia, edited by A.R. Disney. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

1999 "Spice Trade in the Indian Ocean in the Early Modern Period." In Spices: Production, Trade and Consumption, edited by Markus A. Denzel. St. Katharinen, Germany: Scripta Mercaturae Verlag.

1999 "The Portuguese Indian Economy in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century." In Vasco da Gama e Índia, edited by Teotonio R. de Souza and José Manuel Garcia. Lisboa: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

1999 "David Landes and the Rise of the West." European Review.

1999 "The Portuguese and the Dutch in Asian Maritime Trade: A Comparative Analysis." In Merchants, Companies and Trade, Europe and Asia in the Early Modern Era, edited by Sushil Chaudhury and Michel Morineau. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1999 "From Hostility to Collaboration, European Corporate Enterprise and Private Trade in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1800." In Commerce and Culture in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1800, edited by Om Prakash and Denys Lombard. Delhi: Manohar.

1999 "Introduction." In Commerce and Culture in the Bay of Bengal, 1500-1800, edited by Om Prakash and Denys Lombard. Delhi: Manohar.

1998 "Trade and Politics in Eighteenth Century Bengal." In On the Eighteenth Century as a Category of Asian History, Van Leur in Retrospect, edited by Leonard Blusse and F.S. Gaastra. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate.

1998 "Precious Metal Flows into India in the Early Modern Period." In Monetary History in Global Perspective, 1500-1808, edited by Clara Eugenia Núñez. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Economic History Congress at Madrid, August 1998. Seville.

1998 "Culture Makes all the Difference." Review of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, by David S. Landes. Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History 22.4.

1998 "The Trading World of India and Southeast Asia in the Early Modern Period." Archipel 56.

1998 "Financing the European Trade with Asia in the Early Modern Period: Dutch Initiatives and Innovations." Journal of European Economic History 27.2.

1998 "Archival Source Material in the Netherlands on the History of Gujarat in the Early Modern Period." In Sources européenes sur le Gujarat, vol. 10 in the Moyen-Orient et Océan Indien series, edited by Ernestine Carreira.

1998 "European Corporate Enterprises and the Politics of Trade in India, 1600-1800." In Politics and Trade in the Indian Ocean World: Essays in Honour of Ashin Das Gupta, edited by Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Lakshmi Subramanian. New York: Oxford University Press.

1998 "Was the Portuguese Asian Enterprise Redistibutive?" In A Carreira da Índia e as rotas dos estreitos. Actas do VIII Seminário Internacional de História Indo-Portuguesa, edited by Artur Teodoro de Matos and Luís Filipe F.R. Thomaz. Lisboa: CHAM/CEPCEP/IICT.

1996 "The  European Factories in India: A Blessing or a Curse?" In International Conference on Shipping, Factories and Colonization, edited by J. Everaert and J. Parmentier. Brussels.

1996 "Europeans, India, and the Indian Ocean in the Early Modern Period." Special issue of South Asia XIX.

1996 "Restrictive Trade Regimes: The Dutch East India Company in Asian Spice Trade in the Seventeenth Century." In Spices in the Indian Ocean Trade , edited by M.N. Pearson. Brookfield, VT: Variorum. (Reprint of 1991 article.)

1996 "The Dutch factory at Vengurla in the Seventeenth Century." In Medieval Deccan History: Commemoration Volume in Honour of Purshottam Mahadeo Joshi, edited by A.R. Kulkarni, M.A. Nayeem and T.R. de Souza. Bombay: Popular Prakashan.

1994 "International Trade and Economic Change: the Case of India in a Historical Perspective." In Historical Dimension of Development, Change and Conflict in the South, edited by R. van den Berg, R. and U. Bosma. Poverty and Development Analysis and Policy series. The Hague: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1993 "On Estimating the Employment Implications of European Trade for the Eighteenth Century Bengal Textile Industry - A Reply." Modern Asian Studies 27.

1993 "The Asian Maritime Trading Network of the Portuguese and the Dutch: A Comparative Analysis." In As Relações entre a Índia Portuguesa, a Ásia do Sueste e o Extremo Oriente: Actas do VI Seminário Internacional de História Indo-Portuguesa, edited by Artur Teodoro de Matos and Luís Filipe F. Reis Thomaz. Macau/Lisbon.

1992 "Trade in a Culturally Hostile Environment, Europeans in the Japan Trade 1550-1700." In Clashes of Culture, Essays in Honour of Niels Steensgaard, edited by Jens Christian V. Johansen, Erling Ladewig Petersen and Henrik Stevnsborg. Odense: Odense University Press.

1992 "From an Equal to an Unequal Relationship: Economic Contacts between Europe and Asia between the Sixteenth and the Twentieth Centuries." In Staatenbildung in Übersee. Die Staatenwelt Lateinamerikas und Asiens, edited by Jürgen Elvert and Michael Salewski. Historische Mitteilungen der Ranke-Gesellschaft Beiheft 2.

1991 "Asian and European Merchants in Asian Maritime Trade: Some Issues of Methodology and Evidence." Special issue of Review of Culture 13/14.

1991 "Portugiesen und Niederländer im asiatischen Seehandel 1500-1700." In Dietmar Rothermund. Periplus, Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte (Münster und Hamburg). 1: 25-36.

1991 "Restrictive Trade Regimes: The Dutch East India Company in Asian Spice Trade in the Seventeenth Century." In Periplus, Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte, edited by D. Rothermund and R. Ptak. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

1991 "Precious Metal Flows, Coinage and Prices in India in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century." In Money, Coins and Commerce: Essays in the Monetary History of Asia and Europe from Antiquity to Modern Times, edited by Eddy van Cauwenberghe. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

1991 "Sarrafs, Financial Intermediation and Credit Network in Mughal India." In Money, Coins and Commerce: Essays in the Monetary History of Asia and Europe from Antiquity to Modern Times, edited by Eddy van Cauwenberghe. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

1990 "Opium Monopoly in India and Indonesia in the Eighteenth Century." In Merchants, Market and the State in Early Modern India, edited by Sanjay Subrahmanyam. Delhi: Oxford University Press. (Reprint of 1987 article.)

1990 "Long Distance Maritime Trade in Asia: Decline and Revival." In Studies in Maritime History, edited by K.S. Mathew. Pondicherry: Pondicherry University.

1990 "The Transfer of Science and Technology between Asia and Europe." Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History XIV.2.

1988 "Opium Monopoly in India and Indonesia in the Eighteenth Century." Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History XII.1. (Reprint of 1987 article.)

1988 "European Expansion and Asian Economic Development Since 1850: India, Indonesia and Japan." Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History XII.2.

1988 "On coinage in Mughal India." Indian Economic and Social History Review 25.

1987 "Opium Monopoly in India and Indonesia in the Eighteenth Century." Indian Economic and Social History Review 24.

1987 "Foreign Merchants and Indian Mints in the Seventeenth and the Early Eighteenth Century." In J.F. Richards (ed.), The Imperial Monetary System of Mughal India (Delhi: Oxford University Press).

1987 "The Dutch East India Company in the Trade of the Indian Ocean." In India and the Indian Ocean, edited by A. Das Gupta and M.N. Pearson. Calcutta: Oxford University Press.

1986 "European Trading Companies and the Economy of Bengal in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century." In Trading Companies in Asia 1600-1830, edited by J. van Goor. Utrecht: HES Uitgevers.

1986 "Precious Metal Flows in Asia and the World Economic Integration in the Seventeenth Century." In The Emergence of a World Economy, 1500-1914: Papers of the Ninth International Congress of Economic History. Part 1: 1500-1850, edited by W. Fischer, R. Marvin McInnis and Jurgen Scheneider. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag.

1985 "Dutch Source Material on the History of Surat in the Seventeenth Century." In Studies in Trade and Urbanization in Western India, edited by V.K. Chavda. Baroda: University of Baroda.

1985 "Trade and Urbanization in Gujarat in the Early Seventeenth Century: A Dutch Account." In Studies in Trade and Urbanization in Western India, edited by V.K. Chavda. Baroda: University of Baroda.

1984 Review of The Cambridge Economic History of India, vol.I. Indian Economic and Social History Review 21.

1983 "The Dutch East India Company Documents as Source Material on Indian History in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century." Itinerario, European Journal of Overseas History VII.2.

1981-2 "Dutch Source Material on Indian Maritime History in the Early Modern Period - An Evaluation." Indian Historical Review 8.

1981 "Some Aspects of Trade in Mughal India." Presidential address to the Medieval Section of the Indian History Congress, 1981. Published in Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, Bodh-Gaya Session.

1981 "European Trade and South Asian Economies: Some Regional Contrasts, 1600-1800." In Companies and Trade, edited by L. Blusse and F.S. Gaastra. Comparative Studies in Overseas History, vol. III. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, for Leiden University Press.

1979 "Asian Trade and European Impact: A Study of the Trade from Bengal, 1630-1720." In The Age of Partnership, Europeans in Asia Before  Dominion, edited by Blair B. Kling and M.N. Pearson. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii.

1976 Co-author (with Tapan Raychaudhuri), "Agrarian Agitations in India under the British Rule." In Les mouvements paysans dans le monde contemporain. Naples: International Commission of Social Movements and Social Structures.

1976 "Bullion for Goods: International Trade and the Economy of Early Eighteenth Century Bengal." Indian Economic and Social History Review 13.

1975 "The Sobha Singh Revolt: Dutch Policy and Response." Bengal Past and Presen 94.

1975 "Bengal Textiles in Seventeenth Century International Trade." In Studies on Bengal, edited by Warren M. Gunderson. South Asia series, Occasional paper no. 26. Asian Studies Centre: Michigan State University.

1972 "The Dutch East India Company in Bengal: Trade Privileges and Problems 1633-1712." Indian Economic and Social History Review 9.

1970 Co-Author (with J. Krishnamurty), "Mughal Silver Currency: A Critique." Indian Economic and Social History Review 7.

1964 "The European Trading Companies and the Merchants of Bengal, 1650-1720." Indian Economic and Social History Review 1: 37-63.