State, Society and Ecology: Gorakhpur in Transition, 1750-1830 (Revised Edition)
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Associate Professor, Deaprtment of History, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi
This book retains the data and structure of the original but builds upon major parts of the book to update it to current research. The new, revised Introduction, rewritten chapters, extended Bibliography, and newly introduced Appendix aim to provide a greater focus to the issues discussed in this volume. This book examines the specificities and peculiarities of Gorakhpur in the period of transition, viz., c. 1750–1830. In keeping with the trend of regional studies, it reinforces notions of growth and development, continuity and change, and thereby widens the transition debate, juxtaposing it with colonial discourse and orientalism. In doing so, its major contribution is its attempt to redefine economic history and focus on new ways of studying the subject. The issues herein – ecology and forests; people, their caste compositions and affiliations, their history and culture; economic growth, social change and the changing political traditions – give the book a definite tilt towards social history.
‘The book, by examining the land rights in their entire complexity, goes beyond the traditional narratives on British intervention in Indian land revenue system…This book will interest specialists of South Asian economic history…’
Mayank Kumar, Indian Historical Review