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Indian Economy Under Early British Rule 1757–1857

Published in association with Aligarh Historians Society

A People's History of India 25

December 2019

6.25 x 9.5 inches

(xii+128) 140 pages

ISBN : 978-93-82381-44-0

Language: English

INR 280
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This volume in the A People's History of India series gives a general account of Indian economy in the first century of British rule (1757–1857). It describes the changes in Indian economy brought about by the pressure for tribute, the British land settlements, and the triumph of free trade. In order to set these changes in a proper perspective, it begins by furnishing a survey of pre-colonial economic conditions. A notable feature of the book is its reference to how aspects of Indian economy were seen and interpreted by contemporary observers. This is accomplished partly by a rich collection of extracts from the sources. There are also special notes on current interpretations of eighteenth-century history, the nature of tribute or drain of wealth from India to England, and the scope and problems of historical demography.

Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib, Professor Emeritus at the Aligarh Muslim University, 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 (1982), 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, and has authored several volumes in the series.

'This slim volume contains the distilled wisdom of a reputed historian who has a distinct approach to the study of the past and contemporary societies. Irfan Habib employs the materialistic interpretation of history and social dialectics to draw connections between seemingly unconnected and complex facts.'

C.P. Bhambhri, Business Standard