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"A remarkable account, path-breaking in its detail...necessary reading -- not just for historians of late Mughal India, but for anyone interested in business history and in historical relations between private capital and state power."
"How a dynasty of indigenous merchants and bankers in Gujarat made and unmade the fortunes of local rulers. A deeply researched study that lifts the Orientalist curtain which still shrouds the nexus between money and power in premodern Asia."
"Original and rich narratives about family business, the relationship between business and politics…use of unconventional primary sources, written in 11 Asian and European languages, is extraordinarily impressive."
"Bankrolling Empire weaves a rich and exciting narrative of the inter-dependence between merchant capital and state formation in Mughal India….a must read."
"An important contribution to the study of early modern India. Sudev Sheth resolves a long-standing debate over the Mughal empire’s dependency on indigenous financiers."
"This delightful book uses the prism of family history to address a longstanding debate in the history of the Mughal empire…based on remarkable multi-lingual research, it is a major contribution to South Asian history."