The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

by Prasannan Parthasarathi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521570425

ISBN-13: 9780521570428

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a challenge to the widespread belief that poverty and poor living standards have been characteristic of India for centuries, Prasannan Parthasarathi demonstrates that, until the late eighteenth century, laboring groups in South India were in a powerful position, receiving incomes well above subsistence. It was with the rise of colonial rule, the author maintains,…  See more details below

Overview

In a challenge to the widespread belief that poverty and poor living standards have been characteristic of India for centuries, Prasannan Parthasarathi demonstrates that, until the late eighteenth century, laboring groups in South India were in a powerful position, receiving incomes well above subsistence. It was with the rise of colonial rule, the author maintains, that the decline in their economic fortunes was initiated. This is a powerful revisionist statement on the role of Britain in India that will interest students of the region, and economic and colonial historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521570428
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #7
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Acknowledgements; Note on Indian words and place names; Note on money; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Weavers and merchants 1720–60; 2. Agriculture and cotton textiles; 3. Weaver distress 1765–1800; 4. Weaver protest; 5. Labourers, kings and colonialism; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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