Author: Romesh C DuttPublisher: Publications DivisionYear: 1989Language: EnglishPages: 735ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This scholarly book is a fully documented piece of work, based on a large collection of parliamentary papers on the subject.Volume 1 covers the early British Rule and volume 2 looks at the Victorian Age 1837-1900. The preface of first volume was written in December 1901 and that of second volume in December 1903. Historical writing connects the past organically with the contemporary world. The intimate connection of Dutt's history with the contemporary situation makes it highly useful to understand how Dutt viewed this situation and how he conceived it had historically developed. Dutt was greatly concerned with finding out the causes for the poverty and the lack of progress. In order to analyze the total situation he raises the following questions: Does agriculture flourish? Are industries and manufactures in a prosperous condition? Are the finances properly administered, so as to bring back to people an adequate return for the taxes paid by them? Are the sources of national wealth widened by a Government anxious for the material welfare of the people? These are questions which the average Englishman asks himself when inquiring in toto the economic condition of any country in the world; these are the question he will ask himself in order to ascertain the truth about India. The answers to the queries raised in this manner given by Dutt elaborately in the two volume of his history.