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Southern India in the Late Nineteenth Century: Volume I, Part I-A & Part I-B: 1860s-1870s, 2 Parts: Documents on Economic History of British Rule in India, 1858-1947

 
Amiya Kumar Bagchi (Editor) Arun Bandopadhyay (Editor)
Synopsis

This volume is part of the Project of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) on documents pertaining to the economic history of British rule in India covering the period 1858-1947. The present volume contains a wide range of economic documents for southern India roughly covered by the Madras Presidency of British India in the late nineteenth century. The volume is divided into two parts, Part I (1860s-1870s) and Part II (1880s-1890s). Documents in Part I (both A&B) are collected from a wide spectrum of human activity in southern India. They include materials from diverse fields such as agriculture, forestry, population, public health, education and sanitation, in each of which the British Raj was involved in collecting information and directing the courses of development in more than one sense.

It is widely believed that the high land revenue regime attendant with tortures in the second quarter of the nineteenth century came to an end in Madras Presidency from the 1860s onwards, while the agricultural depression of the earlier period had supposedly ended. This belief is confronted by the documents presented in this volume. The documents, however, suggest that a high land revenue demand still continued in many parts of the Madras Presidency along with the application of coercive measures in the 1860s and 1870s, while agricultural prices were widely fluctuating. Public health, was in a dismal situation, and there were frequent outbreaks of cholera, small pox and fever. There was some improvement in the realm of education but even elementary education mostly depended on private initiatives. Scarcity and famine were closely connected. Documents, included in this volume bear testimony to all these.

The volume will be an important resource for students of the history of economic and human development of India.

Contents: Foreword. Preface. Introduction. 1. Administrative reports. 2. Famine reports. 3. Revenue settlement reports. Index.

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About the authors

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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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 Southern India in the Late Nineteenth Century: Volume I, Part I-A & Part I-B: 1860s-1870s, 2 Parts: Documents on Economic History of British Rule in India, 1858-1947
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.04.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350980095
length xliii+1134p.,
Subjects History