Asian Review


Inthira Sahee

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In the second half of the nineteenth century, merchants from western India developed a network to sell textile products to a growing mass market in Thailand. This network expanded further in the early twentieth century, especially through the use of traveling salesmen, and import of cheaper Japanese goods. In the 1930s and 1940s, the network had to adjust to changes in both Thai domestic politics, and international politics (especially the Indian independence movement). The Indian cloth merchants' trading network from 1857 to 1947 was characterized by mutual business interests, and cooperation among groups of different geographic background.



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