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India's Historical Demography
Studies in Famine, Disease and Society

ISBN 9781032244761
Published May 25, 2022 by Routledge
308 Pages

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Book Description

When this book was originally published in 1989 here had been virtually no studies of the country’s historical demography. This volume was significant for 3 reasons: it contributed greatly to the knowledge of India’s population history; it had major implications for the work of social and economic historians of India; and lastly the Indian context provides an excellent laboratory in which to investigate certain large-scale demographic phenomena – among others the experience of bubonic plague, influenza, cholera and famine.

Table of Contents

1. Indian Historical Demography: Developments and Prospects Tim Dyson 2. Deserted Villages and Depopulation in Rural Tamil Nadu c.1780-1830 Roland Lardinois 3. The Mechanics of Demographic and Economic Growth in Uttar Pradesh: 1800-1900 Simon Commander 4. Mortality and Fertility in India, 1881-1961: A Reassessment P. N. Mari Bhat 5. Mortality, Fertility and the Status of Women in India 1881-1931 Alice W. Clark 6. The Historical Demography of Berar, 1881-1980 Tim Dyson 7. Population Dynamics of Famine in Nineteenth Century Punjab, 1896-7 and 1899-1900 Deborah Guz 8. Influenza in India During 1918-19 Ian D. Mills 9. Cholera Mortality in British India, 1817-1947 David Arnold 10. On the Comparative Historical Perspective: India, Europe, the Far East Nigel Crook

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Tim Dyson is Emeritus Professor of Population Studies at the LSE. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2001 and in 2015 delivered the keynote address at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York.


‘This important and illuminating volume opens up the demographic history of India in new and revealing ways.’ Hilary Standing, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies.