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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chapter Chapter 2|27 pages

Economic Life of Jains in Medieval Times

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages

Caste among the Jains*

chapter Chapter 9|6 pages

Jains in Bihar in the Seventeenth Century

chapter Chapter 11|11 pages

The Jain Community and Akbar*

chapter Chapter 12|8 pages

Virji Vora

chapter Chapter 13|7 pages

Jagat Seth