Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception ; With, The Economic History of Medieval India: a Survey

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Anthem Press, 2002 - History - 426 pages
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This volume brings together, for the first time, several of Professor Habib's essays, representing three decades of scholarship and providing an insightful interpretation of the main currents in Indian history from the standpoint of Marxist historiography. The collection examines the role played by the peasantry and caste in Indian history; explores the forms of class struggle and the stage of Indian economic development in Mughal India; analyses the impact of colonialism on the Indian economy; and chronicles the changes in Marx's perception of India. These painstakingly researched and erudite essays form a volume that is indispensable for scholars and students of Indian history.

 

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Contents

Marxs Perception of India
25
The Social Distribution of Landed Property
59
The Peasant in Indian History
109
Caste in Indian History
161
Potentialities of Capitalistic Development in
180
Forms of Class Struggle in Mughal India
233
Processes of Accumulation in PreColonial
259
Colonialization of the Indian Economy 175 71 900
296
Studying a Colonial EconomyWithout
336
A Survey
367
Index
410
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Irfan Habib is a professor at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh and a former chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2005.

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