State, Society and Ecology: Gorakhpur in Transition, 1750-1830

State, Society and Ecology: Gorakhpur in Transition, 1750-1830

by Meena Bhargava (Editor)


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State, Society And Ecology, Gorakhpur In Transition examines the specificities and peculiarities of Gorakhpur in the period of transition, viz., c. 1750-1830. While it reinforces the notions of growth and development, continuity and change, and thereby widens the transition debate juxtaposing it with colonial discourse and orientalism, its major contribution is its attempt to redefine economic history and focus on new ways of studying economic history.

The issues which it discusses, gives it a definite tilt towards social history. It studies ecology and forests; people - their caste compositions and affiliations, their history and culture; and economic growth, social change and the changing political traditions.

This work is significant for it clearly understands, and, therefore, encompasses within it the shift in academic research and academic curriculum towards social history, sociological and anthropological perspectives of history and an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of various societal issues. Also, in keeping with the trend of regional studies, this work stands to understand the various focuses and processes through the region of Gorakhpur.

Salient features

In the recent years, scholars have been extensively engaged in the study of the transition period in India, i.e. eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is through the study of different regions that they have focused on the phenomenon of change and continuity, growth and development and transitions to colonialism. Most of these works are macro-regional. This book, on the contrary, examines these issues nevertheless with a difference, at the micro-level. The micro-study of Gorakhpur has appeared compelling and essential for a variety of reasons. The sources on Gorakhpur are rich and extant, yet there has been no work on Gorakhpur for the transition period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789380607603
Publisher: Primus Books
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Meena Bhargava is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Indraprastha College, University of Delhi. She has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals. She co-authored Women, Education and Politics: The Women's Movement and Delhi's Indraprastha College (2005); edited Exploring Medieval India, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, Politics, Economy, Religion, Vol. I and II (2010). Her current research interests are in environmental studies and narcotics and drugs.

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