Indian Cotton Textiles in West Africa

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

  • Kazuo Kobayashi

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

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‘A much-needed, excellently researched history of Senegambia’s non-slave trade role in global commerce, centred on the south-south trade in Indian cloths facilitated by both the French and British empires… The scholarship is of the highest quality.’

—    Bronwen Everill, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK 

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.  


Consumers Global trade Senegal River Valley Globalization France Britain European East Indian Companies Imports, exports Slave trade Slavery-based economy Eighteenth century Nineteenth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Kazuo Kobayashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Political Science and EconomicsWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18674-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18675-3
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