Author: Tapan RaychaudhuriIrfan Habib/Editor(s): Tapan Raychaudhuri / Irfan HabibPublisher: Orient LongmanYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 543ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125027092
The two-volume Cambridge Economic History of India has served as the single most widely consulted and cited reference for over twenty years. This volume covers a spectrum of socio-economic views on, and reviews of , c 1200-1500, the pre-Mughal period. It begins at the point from which a systematic treatment of Indian economic history becomes possible. It closes on the eve of the subjugation of the country and its economy by Britain.Twenty-seven essays in fifteen chapters by social and economic historians of national and international renown together construct an India whose modern constructions along broader lines and patterns are seen to emerge in the second volume to this history.The first volume of The Cambridge History of India was published in 1922. Explaining its raison d’etre, the editor, Professor E J Rapson, referred to the vast accumulation of knowledge on Indian history and the consequent need for an authoritative summary. As the history of that project later revealed, the knowledge transmitted contained serious gaps. In particular, the series devoted hardly any attention to economic and social history. On the other hand, it is now recognized that The Cambridge History of India was more than a précis of existing knowledge. Its contributors not only added to the existing stock of information; but their interpretations, in spite of limitations of the set framework and the kind of bias inseparable from the times, also provoked further reflection and research.
LIST OF MAPSPREFACEINTRODUCTIONThe Geographical Background by Irfan HabibSouth India: Some General considerations of the Region and its Early HistoryPART I: c 1200-1500NORTHERN INDIA UNDER THE SULTANATEEconomic Conditions before 1200Agrarian EconomyNon-Agricultural Production and Urban EconomyThe Currency SystemVIJYANAGARA c 1350-1564THE MARITIME TRADE OF INDIAPART II: c 1500-1750POPULATIONTHE STATE AND THE ECONOMYThe Mughal EmpireMaharashtra and the Deccan: a NoteThe SouthTHE SYSTEM OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIONMughal IndiaSouth IndiaAGRARIAN RELATIONS AND LAND REVENUENorth IndiaThe Medieval Deccan and MaharashtraNON-AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIONMughal IndiaMaharashtra and the DeccanSouth IndiaINLAND TRADEMONETARY SYSTEM AND PRICESFOREIGN TRADEEuropean Trade with IndiaIndia Merchants and the Trade in the Indian OceanTOWNS AND CITIESMughal IndiaThe Far SouthSTANDARD OF LIVINGMughal IndiaMaharashtra and the DeccanAPPENDIX The Medieval Economy of AssamBibliographyIndex