Peasants, Famine and the State in Colonial Western India

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 3, 2005 - History - 256 pages
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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.

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David Hall-Matthews is Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Politics and International Studies, Leeds University.

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