Peasants, Famine and the State in Colonial Western India
, Sep 3, 2005
- 269 pages
Recent literature has suggested that famines are complex, 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 labor--as well as markets in credit and the cheap foodgrains they produced and, above all, their relationship with the colonial state.