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Mr Upjohn’s Debts: Money and Friendship in Early Colonial Calcutta

Robb, Peter (2012) 'Mr Upjohn’s Debts: Money and Friendship in Early Colonial Calcutta.' Modern Asian Studies . (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

The paper discusses the effective operation of money and credit among Europeans in Calcutta around 1800, arguing for the importance of informal processes and ties of friendship that facilitated, regulated and enforced agreements, helping both to tide over individuals in times of economic stress and to underwrite the provision and transfer of capital. The argument is advanced by a detailed case study in regard to debts owed by one resident, Aaron Upjohn, to another, Richard Blechynden, amidst a web of acquaintance, officialdom and law that variously ensured that the debts were honoured. It is defined as ‘a support system among acquaintances, necessitated in part by shortage of money and abundance of risk’.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: Calcutta, friendship, money, debt
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
ISSN: 0026749X
Copyright Statement: © Peter Robb 2011
Depositing User: Peter Robb
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 11:49
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/13392

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