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India and the World Economy 1850-1950

G. Balachandran (Editor)
Synopsis This collection of essays by leading scholars presents major debates on the subject of India’s engagement with the world economy, and the ways in which it was transformed and deepened during the 19 and early 20 centuries. The intense questionings that this process stimulated shaped the Indian intelligentsia’s critique of British rule. It also influenced the historiography of colonialism and India’s economic policies after independence. In this, the second volume in the debates in Indian history and society series, two contexts to this engagement are explored—India’s subordinate colonial status, and the creation and ordering of the set of markets, institutions, relations, and ideas that constituted the ‘world economy’. Contemporary and historical analyses have tended to privilege the former. But as G. Balachandran argues in his introduction, it is essential to repair the neglect of the latter context. This will allow for a better understanding of the pasts of our ‘globalized’ present, as well as of the conjoined histories of the modern British Empire and the world economy. Thus while some essays consider India’s position as a colonial economy, other essays shift the discussion towards a wider focus on the interweaving and mutually-reinforcing contexts of colonialism and contemporary ‘globalization’. Along with recounting traditional debates, this volume also offers refreshing new perspectives on an important field of historical enquiry that is of great contemporary relevance. A useful reader for undergraduate and postgraduate students, this book will also interest scholars of Indian and imperial economic history, as well as informed general readers.
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About the author

G. Balachandran

Dr. G. Balachandran has a background of specialisation in electrical engineering, computer science and economic theory. He worked for several years as Development Correspondent of the Hindu, Madras. In recent years he has developed a keen interest in psephology, and has established himself as an expert in this field with his modified cube law model for election prognosis.

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Title India and the World Economy 1850-1950
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195659821
length xi+320p., Tables; Figures; Index; 23cm.