Overview for The Agrarian System of Mughal India (1556-1707)
When first published in 1963, this classic work on Mughal India aimed at presenting a mass of critically analysed material on the agrarian conditions of precolonial India. This was a subject which, until then, had received little attention beyond a short though seminal monograph by moreland. Many findings in Habib's book, mainly with regard to administrative institutions and the position of zamindars, received general acceptance. Others, notably the thesis on agrarian crisis, were contested. During the thirty-six years since its first publication, the author has continued his researches while keeping himself abreast of new scholarship. This has enabled him to carry out a thorough revision, adding new material throughout and rewriting some portions extensively. This new edition contains much that is fresh in both description and perception, for example in the treatment of agricultural technology, price movements, and the village community. There is an expanded bibliography, a new descriptive index, and new illustrations and maps. No student of medieval India can do without this long-awaited new edition of a major work of Indian history.
Irfan Habib (Author)
Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 (1963; second rev. edn. 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is also the author of Prehistory (2001), the first in a series of monographs on a Peopleâ€™s History of India, to be published successively under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society.