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Medieval and Early Colonial Assam: Society, Polity and Economy

Amalendu Guha (Author)

The work is on the society, polity and economy of medieval and early colonial Assam. It examines what colonisation meant for the Assamese people in terms of economy and culture: its compromises with feudal elements and its adverse consequences for the region. It provides insights into the history of the region, taking cognisance of the material and mental culture, demography, ideology and other factors. It deals with themes like peculiarities of Assamese feudalism which underwent a political and moral collapse before the entry of the British into the scene. It takes up colonisation in Assam, impact of the Bengal Renaissance on it, agrarian structures like the wet rice culture of medieval times and Assam’s transformation into a tea-producing state under the British; use of Assam as a dumping ground for state-manufactured monopoly opium and the process of differentiation within the Assamese peasant society.

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About the author

Amalendu Guha

Amalendu Guha is an eminent historian whose work covers twentieth-century Afghanistan, medieval Assam and from the saga of the early Parasi capitalist to tribal unrest in port-colonial Northeast India. Trained as an economist, Guha has taught at Darrang College, Tezpur, the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, and the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. he has been Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, and a member of both the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the Indian Council of Historical Research.

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Title Medieval and Early Colonial Assam: Society, Polity and Economy
Author Amalendu Guha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.03.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189003798
length xxvii+378p., Maps; 23cm.
Subjects History