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Basel Mission Industries in Malabar and South Canara: 1834-1914

Jaiprakash Raghaviah (Author)
Synopsis Basel Mission, a German missionary organization established in Basel, Switzerland, started operating in the erstwhile Madras Presidency from 1834. during the period ending with the outbreak of the first world war, the mission invested in a number of economic activities, eventually culminated in the establishment of modern industrial units in weaving and tile making, in the eerstwhile districts of Malabar and South Canara. These industries were the first capitalist industries established in the regions and used the latest the then available technologies in Europe. These industries were established to give employment to converts who could not go back to their previous caste related occupation. The industrial expansion of the Basel Mission came to a halt with the outbreak of the first world war when the missionaries became suspects in the eyes of the British. The present work examines Basel Mission Industries in the context of social and economic environment under which they functioned. The work is the first of its kind to identify phases in the development of Basel Mission Industries. The work will also be the first of its kind to empirically examine the financial structure based on profit and loss statements-primary sources obtained by the author. The book addresses itself to general readership as well as to economists, sociologists and historians interested in the process of industrialization, social mobility and change, transfer to technology, regional studies and studies of the development of economics under colonialism.
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About the author

Jaiprakash Raghaviah

Dr. Jaiprakash Raghaviah is a middle level officer, having considerable experience in the operational and academic side of banking. He served as faculty member in North Eastern Institute of Bank Managemetn, guwahati. The author hails from the Malabar region of Kerala State. Being a third generation convert and having been educated in education institutions established by the Basel Mission, he has an intimate understanding of the environment under study.

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Bibliographic information

Title Basel Mission Industries in Malabar and South Canara: 1834-1914
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121203244
length xiv+117p., Tables; Appendix; Maps; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History