[INDOLOGY] Brill acquires the Forsten Indology list

Dipak Bhattacharya dbhattacharya200498 at yahoo.com
Wed May 15 04:36:33 UTC 2013

Not a bad question. Some others too indirectly related to Indology may

Take-over of publishing companies has
been going on for many years. It first came to my notice when Mouton merged
into de Gruyter. Some collectors were gratified.  Old copies of many books like Lingat’s Les
sources du droit...,Maximilien  Rubel’s Karl Marx etc, publications under the series ‘Le Monde d’Outre Mer...’
,’Janua Linguarum’  etc were sold
extremely cheap. 
the occurrence of the phenomenon in the West has remained a mystery to me. Take-over
and liquidation take place in India too. Usually labor trouble is blamed. But
sometimes the role played by notorious takeover kings is clear. Also the
proverbial throwing out the refuse after squeezing the juice is often
indicated. But, according to my knowledge, there are strong laws against such malpractice
or abuse of law in the highly industrialized countries. Then why should an active
and apparently profitably running company lose its entity?

 From: Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>
To: Christopher Wallis <bhairava11 at gmail.com>; Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com> 
Cc: Indology <indology at list.indology.info> 
Sent: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Brill acquires the Forsten Indology list

Was Forsten a bargain?

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études, 
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago


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