Peasants, Famine and the State in Colonial Western India

  • Authors
  • DavidĀ Hall-Matthews

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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    Pages 1-18
  3. David Hall-Matthews
    Pages 19-56
  4. David Hall-Matthews
    Pages 57-91
  5. David Hall-Matthews
    Pages 128-167
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 222-269

About this book


Recent literature has suggested that famines are complex, long-drawn-out and political processes, rather than sudden, natural phenomena. This book is among the first to examine such a process in detail, by studying poor peasants in Ahmednagar district, Western India, between 1870 and 1884. It does so by investigating their factors of production - land, capital and labour - as well as markets in credit and the cheap foodgrains they produced and, above all, their relationship with the colonial state.


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