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

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CUP Archive, May 19, 1988 - History - 504 pages
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Widely acclaimed when it first appeared in hard covers, Dr Bayly's authoritative study traces the evolution of North Indian towns and merchant communities from the decline of Mughal dominion to the consolidation of mature Victorian empire following the 'mutiny' of 1857. The first section of the book looks at the response of the inhabitants of the Ganges Valley to the 'Time of Troubles' in the eighteenth century. The second section shows how the incoming British, were themselves constrained to build their new empire on this resilient network of towns, rural bazaars and merchant communities; and how in turn colonial trade and administration were moulded by indigenous forms of commerce and politics. The third section focuses on the social history of the towns under early colonial rule and includes an analysis of the culture and business methods of the Indian merchant family. It is based in part on the private records and histories of the business people themselves.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
India about 1785
3
War and society in eighteenthcentury India
35
Agriculture ecology and politics
74
Stability and change in the cities 17701810
164
The growth ofpolitical stability in India 17801830
197
The indigenous origins of the colonial economy
229
The NorthWestern Provinces and Oudh about 1870
230
Conflict and change in the cities 180057
303
the qasbah
346
The merchant family
369
The merchant family as a business enterprise
394
Towns trade and society after the Great Rebellion
427
Conclusions
458
Bibliographic note
473
Index
482

The crisis of the north Indian political economy 182545 23
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About the author (1988)

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, KB, LittD, FBA, is Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. He is currently Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at Cambridge. He has published works on the history of the city of Allahabad in north India, Indian merchant communities, empire and information in India and the origin of nationality in South Asia. Professor Bayly was awarded the Wolfson Prize in History for 'lifetime achievement' in 2006 and the Royal Asiatic Society's medal in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Historical Society. He became a trustee of the British Museum in 2008.

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