Transition to a Colonial Economy by Prasannan Parthasarathi
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Transition to a Colonial Economy
By Prasannan Parthasarathi

The Transition to a Colonial Economy

Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

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Transition to a Colonial Economy by Prasannan Parthasarathi

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According to widespread belief, poverty and low standards of living have been characteristic of India for centuries. Challenging this view, Prasannan Parthasarathi demonstrates that, until the late eighteenth century, labouring groups in South India, those at the bottom of the social order, were in a powerful position, receiving incomes well above subsistence. The decline in their economic fortunes, the author asserts, was a process initiated towards the end of that century, with the rise of colonial rule. Building on revisionist interpretations, he examines the transformation of Indian society and its economy under British rule through the prism of the labouring classes, arguing that their treatment by the early colonial state had no precedent in the pre-colonial past and that poverty and low wages were a product of colonial rule. The book promises to make an important contribution to the economic history of the region, and to the study of colonialism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521033107
ISBN-10: 0521033101
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 180
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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