Local Agrarian Societies in Colonial India: Japanese Perspectives

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The first systematic attempt to introduce a full range of Japanese scholarship on the agrarian history of British India to the English-language reader. Suggests the fundamental importance of an Asian comparative perspective for the understanding of Indian history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700704712
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/11/1996
  • Series: SOAS Collected Papers on South Asia
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and acknowledgements
1.1 Distinctive aspects of rural production in India: the colonial period 1
1.2 Internal forces of change in agriculture: India and Japan compared 48
2 The mirasi system and local society in pre-colonial South India 77
3 The peasantry of northern Bengal in the late eighteenth century 146
4.1 Elements of upward mobility for agricultural labourers in Tamil districts, 1865-1925 199
4.2 A comparison with the Japanese experience 239
5 Regional patterns of land transfer in late colonial Bengal 250
6.1 Famines, epidemics and mortality in northern India, 1870-1921 280
6.2 Famines and epidemics: a comparison between India and Japan 311
7.1 Technology and labour absorption in the indigenous Indian sugar industry: an analysis of appropriate technology 320
7.2 Technology of the Indian sugar industry from an international perspective 356
8 Situating the Malabar Tenancy Act, 1930 365
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