Peasants and the State in Colonial Western India

Author(s): 
Hall-Matthews, David
ISBN: 
1403949026
Date published: 
May 2005
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
256

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.