The Jain community in India, though small in number, is very important in the economic and social life of the country. Jain history becomes more important when we find that the community anticipated new commercial practices adopted by European trading countries from the sixteenth century onwards. Two Jain names stand out in history; they are Veerji Vora, in the seventeenth century and Jagat Seth of Bengal in the eighteenth century. A succession of Jagat Seths interacted with high government officials and were very influential in their time as this volume brings out.This volume contributes significantly to the study of merchant communities and colonial history in South Asia.
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Table of Contents
1. The Social Life of the Jain Community in Medieval Times 2. Economic Life of Jains in Medieval Times 3. A Note on the Sources for a Study of the Social Life of the Jains in the Seventeenth Century 4. The Sociological and Historical Background of Literary Activities of Jains in the Seventeenth Century 5. Vijnapatipatra: A Source for the Social History of the Jains in the Nineteenth Century 6. Caste among the Jains 7. Jains in Agra in the Seventeenth Century: A Study of Some Sources 8. Jain Merchants in Eastern India under the Great Mughals 9. Jains in Bihar in the Seventeenth Century 10. Social Attitudes of Indian Trading Communities in the Seventeenth Century 11. The Jain Community and Akbar 12. Virji Vora 13. Jagat Seth
Surendra Gopal served as Lecturer, Reader and Professor in History Department, Patna University between 1958 and 1996. Along with teaching he carried out significant research work. The result has been more than 100 research papers and eight books.