Facing Competition: The History of Indigo Experiments in Colonial India, 1897-1920

dc.contributor.advisor Krige, John
dc.contributor.author Kumar, Prakash en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Giebelhaus, August
dc.contributor.committeeMember Lu, hanchao
dc.contributor.committeeMember Travis, Anthony
dc.contributor.committeeMember Usselman, Steven W.
dc.contributor.department History, Technology and Society en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-01-19T21:06:20Z
dc.date.available 2006-01-19T21:06:20Z
dc.date.issued 2004-08-20 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this dissertation is to describe in detail the efforts made to protect natural indigo the blue dyestuff extracted from the leaves of the indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria) - against the market competition of cheaper and purer synthetic indigo - which was derived from coal-tar hydrocarbons. Throughout the nineteenth century British India was the pre-eminent producer and supplier to the West of indigo for its thriving textile industry. The introduction of synthetic indigo on the market in 1897 by two German companies threatened to end Indias dominant role in the indigo trade. To counteract competition from the synthetic substitute the European planters living in India, supported by the colonial and the national governments, conducted scientific research in the laboratories and farm stations. This dissertation fundamentally focuses on these scientific efforts made in India and England, and contributes to the scientific and technological history of Modern South Asia. en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/7627
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.subject History of Science en_US
dc.subject Science and Technology Studies
dc.subject History of South Asia
dc.subject Nonwestern History
dc.subject History of Colonialism
dc.subject Modern Indian History
dc.title Facing Competition: The History of Indigo Experiments in Colonial India, 1897-1920 en_US
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dc.type.genre Dissertation
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local.contributor.advisor Krige, John
local.contributor.corporatename School of History and Sociology
local.contributor.corporatename Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
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