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Tribes, Forest and Social Formation in Indian History

B.B. Chaudhuri (Editor) Arun Bandopadhyay (Editor)
Synopsis A comprehensive social history of tribes and forests in India is yet to be written. However, considerable research work has been done in the last few decades on the variations of social formation emanating from the relationship between multiplied over time. To what extent were the tribes or communities residing in forests living in isolation of peasant society? How far were they prudent in the use of forest resources in different periods? How did state formations affect natural resource exploitation and the respective social formations over time? What was the exact nature of colonial watershed in ecologic terms? How have the issues related to forest management and community rights been tackled in post-colonial years? In the wake of the emergence of subaltern studies in the 1980s and the ecological studies in the 1990s, a need was felt to approach these questions from new perspectives. The present volume, mainly combines revised versions of the papers presented at a Panel organized by the Indian History Congress in 2001. It includes twelve articles besides an Introduction by the editors. It argues that since the 1970s old issues of economic development and social integration have given place to the new ones of community, culture, power, class and identity in recent years. The contributors represent multiple viewpoints, question old assumptions, revise them whenever possible and often take altogether new possible and often take altogether new positions to stimulate academic interest to promote further studies and research on the subject.
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About the authors

B.B. Chaudhuri

B.B. Chaudhuri used to teach History at the University of Calcutta. Rural history of colonial eastern India has long been his major research interest. Professor Chaudhuri has contributed to The Cambridge Economic History of India, Volume II (1983). He has nearly finished editing Economic History of India: Eighteenth to Twentieth Century, a volume in two parts sponsored by Centre for Studies in Civilizations, New Delhi and included in its ‘Project of the History of Indian Science, Philosophy and culture’. He is the author of the Part I of the volume: Peasant History of Late Pre-colonial and Colonial India: Eighteenth to Mid-twentieth Century. He was the President of Modern India Section of the India History Congress in 1977.

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.

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Title Tribes, Forest and Social Formation in Indian History
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173045518
length 225p., Tables; Notes; 23cm.