Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion 1770-1870

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byC.A. Bayly

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This path-breaking work on the social and economic history of colonial India traces the evolution of north Indian towns and merchant communities from the decline of Mughal dominion to the consolidation of British empire following the 1857 'mutiny'. C.A. Bayly analyses the response of theinhabitants of the Ganges Valley to the upheavals in the eighteenth century that paved the way for the incoming British. He shows how the colonial enterprise was built on an existing resilient network of towns, rural bazaars, and merchant communities; and how in turn, colonial trade andadministration were moulded by indigenous forms of commerce and politics. This edition comes with a new introduction. This book is an important reading for students, scholars, and teachers of modern Indian history, economic history, and sociology.

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This path-breaking work on the social and economic history of colonial India traces the evolution of north Indian towns and merchant communities from the decline of Mughal dominion to the consolidation of British empire following the 1857 'mutiny'. C.A. Bayly analyses the response of theinhabitants of the Ganges Valley to the upheavals...

C.A. Bayly is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at St. Catharine's College the University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pagesPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077467

ISBN - 13:9780198077466

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List of MapsPrefaceAbbreviationsNotes on the use of Indian words and on geographyIntroduction1. Prologue: War and Society in Eighteenth-century India2. Agriculture, Ecology, and Politics3. Stability and Change in the Cities, 1780-18104. The Rise of the Corporations5. The Growth of Political Stability in India, 1780-18306. The Indigenous Origins of the 'Colonial Economy'7. The Crisis of the North Indian Political Economy, 1825-458. Conflict and Change in the Cities, 1800-579. Small Towns in the Political Economy: The Qasbah under Pressure10. The Merchant Family11. The Merchant Family as a Business Enterprise12. Towns, Trade, and Society after the Great RebellionConclusionsEpilogue to the Indian EditionBibliographic NoteGlossaryIndex