Business, Race, and Politics in British India, c. 1850-1960 by Maria Misra

By Maria Misra

This research examines the political, racial, and financial attitudes of a massive staff of British businessmen in India. In explaining the explanations for his or her decline, Misra casts new mild on British colonial society and makes an incredible contribution to the present debate at the position of race and tradition within the erosion of British imperial strength.

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51 Richard Gatty, Portrait of a Merchant Prince: James Morrison, 1789±1957 (Northallerton, 1981), 171; see also Jones, International Business, 51; J. Forbes Munro, `Scottish Overseas Enterprise and the Lure of London: The MacKinnon Group, 1847± 1893', Scottish Economic and Social History, 8 (1988). 52 A. Bruce, interview, IOLR, MSS Eur. T. 84/1±2 (1983). 53 J. Burns, interview, IOLR, MSS Eur. R. 168 (1983); H. C. Bannerman, interview, IOLR, MSS Eur. T. 80/1±2 (1983). 99 13:47 01 Chapter BRPBI The Era of High Imperialism 31 those who travelled to India as the representatives or `supercargoes' of British merchants and shippers and who stayed on to form partnership ®rms of their own; thirdly those who went to India entirely independently after the 1830s to make a fortune in the East.

But they lack something of the business brain. 44 Similarly, a senior partner in Wallace Brothers recalled that specialists were deliberately excluded from decision-making because engineers were always wanting to build more mills, or to do this or to do that. 45 Business and Society in British India Economic conditions and the peculiar nature of business in India were not the only forces which shaped the character of the managing 42 For this career structure, see interview with H. Bannerman, IOLR, MSS Eur.

W. Binning, Appendix to the Report of the Indian Public Services Commission of 1913 (Calcutta, 1914), iv. 131. 59 However, despite the trend towards graduate recruitment, kinship links remained important, particularly in the older ®rms such as Jardine Skinner and Gillanders Arbuthnot. 63 One obvious 59 Recruitment records 1920±31, MSS Binny, ®les 27, 823±8; Balmer Lawrie established close links with Balliol College, Oxford, after the First World War; see Jenkins, Merchant Prince, 26. , Ernest Cable, became senior partner himself in 1928.

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