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Agrarian System in Medieval India

Zahir Uddin Malik (Author)
Synopsis This study, based on the recently discovered contemporary source material, mainly documents containing statistical data, both in Persian and English, examines those elements that formed the land revenue structure designed for a pargana under the Mughals and the changes effected in its working by the British in sarkar Shahabad, Suba Bihar, during 1734-1790. In the context of land revenue arrangements and local affairs, the discussion is centred round the nature of rights and privileges the dominant Ujjainya landlords and other diverse categories of landholders enjoyed, and the state of cultivating classes. It seeks to suggest that their earlier position and status gradually diminished under the colonial rule while the condition of peasants became miserable, specially after 1770. It also takes into account various policies and measures pursued by the British to obtain maximum land revenue and reviews their adverse effects in the region. While the system of land division, cropping patterns, modes of assessment, duties and privileges of subordinate officers and employees in a pargana continued unaltered till 1790, noticeable changes and innovations were made in land tenures, methods of revenue settlement, magnitude of demand, and procedures and practices in the collection of duties. This phenomenon of change and continuity that marked the period of transition has been explained giving contemporary historical evidence.
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About the author

Zahir Uddin Malik

Zahiruddin Malik was Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. His published works include A Mughal Statesman of Eighteenth Century: Khan-I Dauran, Mir Bakshi of Muhammad Shah, 1719-1739 and The Reign of Muhammad Shah, 1719-1748.

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Title Agrarian System in Medieval India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170336600
length xvi+207p., Notes; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History