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Book Details


The Economic History of India
(in 2 Vols. Bound in 1)
Romesh Dutt
Bibliography : xxxviii, 788pp., Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8185418012
HB ISBN (13) : 9788185418018





About the Book:

The book - The Economic History of India in two volumes presents a complete and connected account of the colonial phase of modern economic Indian history covering the period from the Battle of Plassey to the beginning of the 20th century. And in performing this task, the author produced a massive work incorporating an enduring historical account which, apart from producing valuable immediate results, stands as a monument to Dutt`s powerful intellect, profound scholarship and intense patriotism.<-p>

In view of the two widely varying views regarding the situation in Bengal, one has to hold that, in part conditions in rural Bengal improved greatly in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The other important subjects with which the author dealt were manufactures, tariffs and foreign trade, railways, irrigation and public finance, the author was able to document how the Indian handloom weaver was oppressed and how his prices were severely cut down through the operations of the East India Company. English machine goods became cheaper. British policy was directed to pushing them by all means into Indian Markets. As a result, indigenous manufacturers declined and imports of foreign manufacturers increased.<-p>

The British built railways, obviously were for two purposes. The first was strategic, for enabling quick movement of the military guarding frontiers and for maintaining internal order. The second was `opening up the country` for the sale of British goods in India.<-p>


About the Author:

Romesh Chunder Dutt (b. 1848, d. 1909), was litterateur and Politician and one of the greatest intellectuals of his time. He was a distinguished civil servant (ICS), spokesman of educated Indians, political leader of the liberal school, historian and creative writer. He became President of Indian Nation Congress in 1899. He also taught Indian History in London University. On his return from London, he served Baroda state as Revenue Minister for three years. He produced valuable books on economics, history and Indian civilization. Also he wrote some of the best Bengali Novels. Among his publications included Peasantry of Bengal<-i>, Famines in India<-i>, History of Civilization in Ancient India<-i>, England and India<-i> and Economic History of India in the Victorian Age<-i>. The driving force behind all his varied activity was `service to the motherland`.<-p>

Economic History of India, by Romesh Dutt

 

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