A Colonial Economy in the Great Depression

A Colonial Economy in the Great Depression

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Author: K A Manikumar
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 226
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81 250 2456 5


This book provides an understanding of how a global economic phenomenon can affect a provincial area at all levels. It would appeal to all interested in Madras's background and the interlinked factors that influenced the Province before Independence.

This book aims to give a complete description of the impact of the Great Depression on the Madras Presidency, by using the techniques of both a historian and an economist. Manikumar's multidisciplinary approach provides a fresh perspective on the political, economic and social conditions of the Presidency in the 1930s.

The major areas covered are: Madras's economy before the Depression, particularly the state of the export-dependent agricultural sector; the rise of indebtedness among the peasants; the varied effects on industrial sectors; the economic policies of the colonial government, which worsened the degree of debt; and the social and political effects of the Depression, including the Indian National Congress's increased political influence.


List of Tables and Graphs
List of Abbreviations


The Depression and its Onset
Tamilnadu on the Eve of the Depression
Fiscal and Monetary Policy of the Colonial State
The Government's Remedial Measures
Society and Politics