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From the Publisher"Parthasaranthi's study of cotton textile weavers of South India during the eighteenth century comprises an important addition to the extensive historical literature on early modern South Asia—particularly the period that witnessed the transition to the early colonial state of the English East India Company. Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"...crisply written, deeply researched, and analytically powerful study of South India....An important contribution of Parthasarathi's book is that it makes politics and political norms central to our understanding of social and economic change..."
—Robert Travers, Cornell University