Famine, philanthropy and the colonial state : North India in the early nineteenth century

This book examines the lesser known aspects of the colonial state through the lens of the many famines and famine induced crimes which affected north India as it emerged from the 'chaotic' 18th century. It situates the 1837-8 famine in the political, ideological and economic processes of t...

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Main Author: Sharma, Sanjay
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New Delhi Oxford University Press 2001, 2001
Series:SOAS studies on South Asia / SOAS studies on South Asia
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Collection: Oxford University Press - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This book examines the lesser known aspects of the colonial state through the lens of the many famines and famine induced crimes which affected north India as it emerged from the 'chaotic' 18th century. It situates the 1837-8 famine in the political, ideological and economic processes of the colonial state which, paradoxically, continued to advocate laissez faire even as its humanitarian and pragmatic concerns (including fears of disorder) resulted in a series of interventionist policies
Physical Description:xviii, 256 p. maps
ISBN:9780199081653