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Ideologies of the Raj : The New Cambridge History of India - Thomas R. Metcalf

Ideologies of the Raj

The New Cambridge History of India

Paperback Published: 28th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521589376
Number Of Pages: 258

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The last two decades have witnessed 'the return of the peasant' to South Asian history. New empirical research and innovative methodologies have enabled this historical reconstruction of agrarian economics, politics and society in colonial and post-colonial India. In this key volume in the New Cambridge History of India, Professor Sugata Bose presents a critical synthesis of existing scholarship and offers a new interpretation of agrarian continuity and change from 1770 to the present. The author examines the related themes of demography, commodity production, agrarian social structure, and changing forms of peasant resistance. Agrarian relations are addressed along lines of gender and generation as well as class and community. By focussing on 'peasant labour', Bose integrates the histories of land and capital. He also explores the relationship between capitalist development of the economy under colonial rule and elements of both change and continuity at the point of primary production and appropriation. Although the author draws most of his empirical material from rural Bengal, he makes important comparisons with regional agrarian histories across India and beyond. Peasant Labour and Colonial Capital: Rural Bengal Since 1770 is essential reading for the understanding of rural India's colonial and post-colonial experience. It is also of relevance to all those interested in agrarian societies in the developing world and debates about the origins and character of agrarian capitalism.

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'It is a tribute to the range of Metcalf's scholarship that he can write illuminatingly and with assured authority on so many different aspects of British India.' P. J. Marshall, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

Introduction: Britian and India in the eighteenth century
Liberalism and empire
The creation of difference
The ordering of difference
Coping with contradiction
Epilogue: Raj, nation, empire
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ISBN: 9780521589376
ISBN-10: 0521589371
Series: The New Cambridge History of India
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 28th April 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.43