262 pages | 17 B/W Illus.
The volume deals with the inter-relations between agricultural production, agrarian trade, markets, towns and population of urban Rajasthan in the eighteenth-nineteenth centuries.
This study also displays that how the higher receipts from sair-jihat (non-agrarian taxes) in various areas of Rajasthan, worked in the evolution of agrarian markets into qasbas. On the same line the volume shows the fall in industrial activity in the nineteenth century which broadly corresponds with the theory of de-industrialization and de-urbanization.
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1. Nature of Rajasthani Sources on Urban History 2. Geography of Rajasthan 3. Urban Centres of Rajasthan 4. Growth of Urban Centres and Pattern of Agricultural Production in the Shekhawati Region 5. Sanganer: A Centre of Textile and Calico-printing in the Eighteenth Century 6. Population of Artisans and Menial Castes in Qasbas Sangod and Mangrol in Kota: A Decline in Textile Professions 7. Professional Groups, Textile Workers, Labour and Menial Castes in Qasba Churu 8. Trading Junctions of Marwar: A Study of Pali and Nagaur 9. Population Composition of Marwar between 1803 and 1843 10. Tod’s Estimation of Population of Some Urban Centres of Rajasthan 213 11. Conclusion