A New Economic History of Colonial India
Edited by Latika Chaudhary, Bishnupriya Gupta, Tirthankar Roy, Anand Swamy
Routledge – 2015 – 256 pages
A New Economic History of Colonial India provides a new perspective on Indian economic history. Rather than presenting facts in the familiar structured format, this book shows where the boundaries of the field are shifting, by presenting new interpretations and analytical approaches on a selected range of themes that have seen major extensions in the recent times.
The book discusses the impact of property rights, the standard of living, the labour market and the aftermath of the Partition. It also addresses how education and work ethic changed, as well as providing a rethinking of traditional topics including de-industrialization, industrialization, railways, balance of payments, and the East India Company. Written by experts in the field, each chapter goes beyond the emphasis on exploitation, imperialism, and political domination, and places Indian history in the context of world history. The book is a valuable contribution for students and scholars of Asian Studies, Economics and History.
1. Introduction 2. Income and Living Standards: Long-term Patterns of Change 1600-1870 Steve Broadberry and Bishnupriya Gupta 3. East India Company and the Colonial Transition Santhi Hejeebu 4. Deindustrialization: Myth and Reality Indrajit Ray 5. Industrialization: New Perspectives Bishnupriya Gupta 6. Colonial India and the World Economy, 1850-1950 G. Balachandran 7. Production, Technology, and Institutions Latika Chaudhary, Bishnupriya Gupta, Tirthankar Roy and Anand Swamy 8. The Long-Run Consequences of Colonial Institutions Lakshmi Iyer 9. Railways: An Economic Achievement? Dan Bogart and Latika Chaudhary 10. Education: Caste, Colonialism and Schooling Latika Chaudhary 11. The Emergence of a Labour Market Tirthankar Roy 12. Bargaining Power of Industrial Labour Susan Wolcott 13. Law and Contract Enforcement Anand Swamy 14. The Partition and its Aftermath Prashant Bharadwaj and Kevin Quirolo
Latika Chaudhary teaches Economics at Scripps College, USA
Bishnupriya Gupta teaches Economics at the University of Warwick, UK
Tirthankar Roy teaches Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Anand Swamy teaches Economics at Williams College, USA