This e-book is a severe paintings of synthesis and interpretation on one of many imperative topics in glossy Indian heritage - agrarian swap less than British colonial rule. Sugata Bose analyses the relationships among demography, commercialization, classification constitution and peasant resistance unfolding over the longer term among 1770 and more moderen instances. through integrating the histories of land and capital, he examines the connection among capitalist 'development' of the broader economic climate below colonial rule and agrarian continuity and alter. Drawing such a lot of his empirical facts from rural Bengal, the writer makes comparisons with neighborhood agrarian histories of alternative elements of South Asia. hence, this examine stands by itself within the box of contemporary Indian social and fiscal heritage in its chronological sweep and comparative context and makes the complicated topic of India's peasantry obtainable to scholars and the non-specialist.

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