The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants, and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants, and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants, and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

The Transition to a Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants, and Kings in South India, 1720-1800

Synopsis

In a challenge to the widespread belief that poverty and poor living standards have been characteristic of India for centuries, Prasannan Parthasarathi demonstrates that, until the late eighteenth century, laboring groups in South India were in a powerful position, receiving incomes well above subsistence. It was with the rise of colonial rule, the author maintains, that the decline in their economic fortunes was initiated. This is a powerful revisionist statement on the role of Britain in India that will interest students of the region, and economic and colonial historians.
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