Author: Irfan Habib
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818948706X
The monograph surveys the developments within the Indian economy during the period of the high tide of colonial domination between the 1857 Rebellion and the First World War. Its various sub-chapters deal with population, gross product and prices; tribute, the imperialism of free Trade and the construction of railways; peasant agricultural, plantations, commercialization of agriculture and its impact on rents, peasant incomes and agricultural wages; rural de-industrialization, modern industries, tariff and exchange policies; banking and finance; and the fiscal system, tax burden and the rise of economic nationalism.
There are extracts from contemporary comments and reports; technical notes on such matters as computing national income, counterfactual analysis, etc. Short bibliographies are provided, accompanying each of the five chapters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
IRFAN HABIB, formerly Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 (1963; second rev. edn. 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is also the author of Prehistory (2001), the first in a series of monographs on a People’s History of India, to be published successively under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society.
1. THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE: POPULATION, NATIONAL INCOME, PRICES
1.2 National Income/Gross Domestic Product
1.3 Money and Prices
2. COLONIALISM AND THE INDIAN ECONOMY
2.1 The Tribute or ‘Drain’
2.2 The Imperialism of Free Trade
3.1 Peasant Agriculture
3.2 Commercialization of Agriculture
3.3 The Agrarian Classes
3.4 Rural Indebtedness
3.6 Destitution and Famines
4. INDUSTRY, TRADE, FINANCE
4.2 The Emergence of Modern Industry
4.3 Capital Supply and Ownership
4.4 Conditions of the Industrial Working Class
4.5 Internal and External Trade
5. THE STATE