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Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society: The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800 Series Number 7 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society: The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800 Series Number 7 (Hardback)

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Hardback 180 Pages / Published: 19/04/2001
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According to widespread belief, poverty and low standards of living have been characteristic of India for centuries. Challenging this view, Prasannan Parthasarathi demonstrates that, until the late eighteenth century, labouring groups in South India, those at the bottom of the social order, were in a powerful position, receiving incomes well above subsistence. The decline in their economic fortunes, the author asserts, was a process initiated towards the end of that century, with the rise of colonial rule. Building on revisionist interpretations, he examines the transformation of Indian society and its economy under British rule through the prism of the labouring classes, arguing that their treatment by the early colonial state had no precedent in the pre-colonial past and that poverty and low wages were a product of colonial rule. The book promises to make an important contribution to the economic history of the region, and to the study of colonialism.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521570428
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... an excellently written well-researched narrative of weavers' response to company power in south India.' The Economic History Review
'This book is a significant contribution to the literature on pre-colonial and colonial political-economic formations in India, particularly South India.' Hira Singh
"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

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