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Northern India in the Late Nineteenth Century: Quality of Life, Volume I, Part I (A, B & C) 1860s-1870s

Arun Bandopadhyay (Author) Amiya Kumar Bagchi (Author)

"This volume is part of the collaborative Project of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) on the documents pertaining to economic history and quality of life in Northern India in the late nineteenth century. The present volume (divided into three parts A, B, and C) roughly covers the broad period of the 1860s and 1870s. It dwells on documents collected from a wide spectrum of human activity in northern India. They included materials from diverse fields such as agriculture, forestry, population, public health, education, sanitation, and different aspects of the quality of life, in each of which the British Raj was collecting information and directing courses of development in more than one sense. By northern India is meant here what was generally known as the North-Western Provinces (NWP) and the province of Oudh (till 1877, after which it was merged with the NWP) in the late nineteenth century excluding the Punjab. Of the many documents included in the volume, five major issues may be identified: (a) various issues relating to a high land revenue demand and its economic impact (b) education and a few other social issues (c) public health and mortality (d) environmental issues and (e) questions connected with quality of life Touching on a number of crucial aspects of material conditions and quality of life of people in northern India in the late nineteenth century, the volume stands as a valuable source book for the students of economic history and human development in general.

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About the authors

Arun Bandopadhyay

Arun Bandopadhyay is Nurul Hasan Professor off History and currently Dean of the Faculty Council for Post-graduate Studies in Arts at the University of Calcutta. His published works include The Story of Jessop (Calcutta, 1988), the Agrarian Economy of Tamilnadu, 1820-1855 (Calcutta, 1992), History of Gun and Shell Factory, Cossipore: Two Hundred Years of Ordnance Factories Production in India (New Delhi, 2002). He is also an Associate Editor of The Calcutta Historical Journal. He has been a Treasurer of the Indian History Congress during 2001-3.

Amiya Kumar Bagchi

Renowned economist and historian Amiya Kumar Bagchi was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and Trinity College, Cambridge, UK. He has taught and researched at Presidency College, Calcutta; University of Cambridge, UK; Cornell University USA; University of Bristol, UK; Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris; Roskilde University, Denmark; and University of Naples, Italy. He has been director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Professor Bagchi has authored Private Investment in India 1900-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 1972), The Political Economy of Underdevelopment (Cambridge University Press, 1982), Public Intervention and Industrial Restructuring in China, India and Republic of Korea (ILO, ARTEP), and a four-volume history of India's oldest and biggest commercial bank, State Bank of India (published by Oxford University Press and Sage). He has edited, among others, the following volumes: (with Nirmala Banerjee) Change and Choice in Indian Industry (1981), New Technology and the Workers'Response (1995), Economy and Organization: Indian Institutions under the Neo-liberal Regime (1999), Democracy and Development (1995), and (with R. Bhargava and RL Sudarshan) Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy (1999).

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Title Northern India in the Late Nineteenth Century: Quality of Life, Volume I, Part I (A, B & C) 1860s-1870s
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.11.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788194352143
length 1594p.