The Transition to a Colonial Economy
Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800
By (author) Prasannan Parthasarathi
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Transition to a Colonial Economy by Prasannan Parthasarathi
Book DescriptionAccording 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521570428
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Widely credited with laying the theoretical and philosophical foundations for capitalism, this work had an immediate impact on economic thinking, in light of its arguments for the freedom of trade. It presents a powerful blueprint for a stable and peaceful society which rests upon a hard-headed and realistic assessment of humans and their natures.
Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not, Hardback (August 2011)
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The decline of the economic fortunes of the Indian labouring classes under the British.
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