The Economy of the Mughal Empire c. 1595: A Statistical Study

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byShireen Moosvi

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Exploring the rich statistical material present in the earliest manuscripts of the Ain-i Akbarithe great official compilation of the Mughal Empire, this book challenges and revises widely held views on the economic conditions of the day. It breaks new ground by subjecting the Indian economy c.1595 to the same kind of quantitative analysis as is employed in the case of contemporary economics. First published in 1987, this seminal work on the economy of the Mughal empire now appears in its second revised and updated edition, with the addition of a new chapter on GDP. In its extensively revised form, the work is indispensable for anyone interested in the functioning of the economy of the Mughal Empire and its possible capacities for growth. It also provides a basis of comparison with the structure of Indias colonial economy in the late nineteenth century, when acomparable range of statistics becomes available.

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Exploring the rich statistical material present in the earliest manuscripts of the Ain-i Akbarithe great official compilation of the Mughal Empire, this book challenges and revises widely held views on the economic conditions of the day. It breaks new ground by subjecting the Indian economy c.1595 to the same kind of quantitative analy...

Shireen Moosvi is a former Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University. She has published widely on Mughal India and the economic history of colonial times.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:January 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199450544

ISBN - 13:9780199450541

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and FiguresPreface to This EditionExcerpt from the Preface to the First Edition (1987)INTRODUCTION1. The Statistics and Their SourcesAGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION2. Extent of Cultivation3. Agricultural Productivity: Crops and YieldsLAND REVENUE4. Land-Revenue Demand5. Land-Revenue RealizationLOCAL CLAIMS TO AGRARIAN SURPLUS6. Revenue Grants7. The Zamindars Share in the SurplusTHE DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS AMONG THE RULING CLASS8. Imperial Finance: Total Income and Accumulation9. The Salary Bill of the Man?abdars10. Expenditure on the Imperial Military Establishment11. Expenditure on the Imperial Household12. Diffusion and Consumption of the SurplusTHE URBAN ECONOMY13. The Extent of Urbanization14. Prices and WagesMONEY SUPPLY AND FOREIGN TRADE15. Money, Price Changes and Credit16. Foreign Trade and the Internal EconomyPOPULATION AND NATIONAL INCOME17. Population18. The Gross National Product of the Mughal Empire, c.15956AbbreviationsBibliographyIndexAbout the Author