This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 519
  • Course: MA in Development Studies
  • Semester: I
  • Title: Economic History of Colonial India
  • Stream: History
  • Description:

    Introduction to Indian economic history; pre-colonial economic practices: peasant production, trade; India and the world economy; British East India Company and Imperialism: de-peasantization, de-industrialisation, reorganisation of production; Agriculture and Imperial Economy: land, peasants, irrigation and crops; Trade and Indian markets: finance, communication, domestic and foreign market; Plantation and small-peasant cultivation: tea, indigo, opium, sugar and jute; Natural resources and imperial practices: forestry, mining and water; Industrialisation during the imperial era: cotton, jute, steel, Anti-imperialist struggle: towards new models of development.

  • Text:

    Dietmar Rothermund, An economic history of India: from pre-colonial times to 1991, Routledge, 1993.^$^Dharma Kumar and Meghnad Desai, ed. The Cambridge Economic History of India, vol.2, Cambridge, 1983.^$^B.R. Tomlinson, The Economy of Modern India, Cambridge University Press, 1996^$^T. Roy, The Economic History of India, 1857-1947, Oxford University Press, 2011.^$^A.K. Bagchi, Private Investment in India, University Press, 1972^$^B. Zacharia, A Social and Intellectual History of India’ Development, Oxford University Press, 2007.^$^D. Naoroji, Poverty and Un-British Rule in India, Commonwealth P