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The Growth of Political Stability in India, 1780–1830

C. A. Bayly

in Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars

Third edition

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077466
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081110 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077466.003.0019

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

The Growth of Political Stability in India, 1780–1830

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This chapter discusses some of the dynamic changes of the pre-colonial political order and the early period of British rule. It suggests that the developments in local agrarian and mercantile society persisted under the fragile surface of early British rule and that growth of trade and the expansion of the cultivated area in the first thirty years of the nineteenth century signalled the transformation of society by the force of modern government and new export trades. It also highlights the continuity in dominant rural groups or in methods of administration over the boundary between pre-colonial and colonial north India during this period.

Keywords: pre-colonial political order; British rule; agrarian society; mercantile society; export trades; rural groups; administration

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