Ghulam Nadri

Position / Job title: Assistant Professor

Department: Department of History

Institution: Georgia State University

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I specialize in the history of South Asia (17th-19th centuries) and study its society and economy in the larger framework of the Indian Ocean world and global history. Besides my book, Eighteenth-Century Gujarat: The Dynamics of Its Political Economy, 1750-1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), I have published several research papers and book reviews in different journals, books, and proceedings. My main research interests include merchant communities, commodities (indigo, sugar, and textiles), maritime labour and labour market, and culture and commerce in the Indian Ocean world. Currently, I am working on my next book ‘The Political Economy of Indigo in India, 1580-1920’. This project explores the history of commercial indigo as a global commodity and investigates the trajectory of its production and trade from the perspectives of India’s political economy, colonialism, and globalization.



  • Eighteenth-Century Gujarat: the Dynamics of Its Political Economy, 1750-1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

Journal Articles:

  • "The Dutch Intra-Asian Trade in Sugar in the Eighteenth Century," International Journal of Maritime History, 20, no. 1, 2008, pp. 63-96.
  • Commercial World of Mancherji Khurshedji and the Dutch East India Company: A Study of Mutual Relationships," Modern Asian Studies, 41, no. 2, 2007, pp. 315-42.
  • "The Maritime Merchants of Surat: a Long-term Perspective," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 50, no. 2, 2007, pp. 235-58.
  • "Exploring the Gulf of Kachh: Regional Economy and Trade in the Eighteenth Century," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 51, no. 3, 2008, pp. 460-86.