The monograph surveys the developments within the Indian economy during the period of the ghigh tide of colonial domination between the 1857 Rebellion and the First World War. Its various sub-chapters deal with population, gross product and prices; tribute, the imperialism of free Trade and the construction of railways; peasant agriculture, plantations, commercialization of agriculture and its impact on rents, peasant incomes and agricultural wages; rural de-industrialization, modern industries, tariff and exchange policies; banking and finance; and the fiscal system, tax burden and the rise of economic nationalism. There are extracts from contemporary comments and reports; technical notes on such matters as computing national income, counterfactual analysis, etc. Short bibliographies are provided accompanying each of the five chapters.
About the Author:
Irfan Habib formerly Professor of History, Aligarh Muslim University, is author of the Agraian System of Mughal India 1556-1707, An Atlas of the Mughal Empire(1982) and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). In the People's History of India series he has authored Prehistory (2001) and The Indus Civilization (2002), and co-authored The Vedic Age (2003) and Mauryan India (2004). He has co-edited the Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. I(1982), and UNESCO's History of Humanity, Vols IV and V and History of Central Asia, Vol. V.
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