Indian Economy 1858-1914

Irfan Habib

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The monograph surveys the developments within the Indian economy during the periods of the high 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, plantation, commercialization of agriculture and its impact on rents, peasant incomes and agricultural wages; rural de-industrialization, modern industries, teriff and exchange policies; banking and finance; and the fiscal system, tax burden and the rise of economical 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.


Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib is Professor Emeritus of History at the Aligarh Muslim University. He is the author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India, 1556–1707 (1963, revised edition 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995), Medieval India: The Study of a Civilization (2007), Economic History of Medieval India, 1200–1500 (with collaborators, 2011) and Atlas of Ancient Indian History (with Faiz Habib, 2012). He has co-edited The Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. I, UNESCO’s History of Humanity, Vols. 4 and 5, and UNESCO’s History of Central Asia, Vol. 5. He is the General Editor of the People’s History of India series. He has published two monographs on modern Indian economic history and a study of certain aspects of the National Movement.

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