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.