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Ancient Rights and Future Comfort : Bihar, the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885, and British Rule in India - Peter Robb

Ancient Rights and Future Comfort

Bihar, the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885, and British Rule in India

Hardcover Published: 20th May 1997
ISBN: 9780700706259
Number Of Pages: 410

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This book analyses the character of British rule in nineteenth-century India, by focusing on the underlying ideas and the practical repercussions of agrarian policy. It argues that the great rent law debate and the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885 helped constitute a revolution in the effective aims of government and in the colonial ability to interfere in India, but that they did so alongside a continuing weakness of understanding and in effective local control. In particular, the book considers the importance of notions of historical rights and economic progress to the false categorisations made of agrarian structure. It shows that the Tenancy Act helped to widen social disparities in rural Bihar, and to create political interests on the land.

Sources and abbreviations
Property, classes and the statep. 1
Official will and administrative capacityp. 36
A necessary reformp. 76
The great rent law debatep. 101
Custom and the lawp. 146
The magic of propertyp. 180
The politics of landp. 214
Keeping the recordp. 246
Colonial rule and agrarian structurep. 278
Rents and rightsp. 313
Peasants, property and nationp. 342
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780700706259
ISBN-10: 0700706259
Series: Soas London Studies on South Asia, 13
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 20th May 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 3.61
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1