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Conflict and Change in the Cities, 1800–57

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/9780198077466.003.0023

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

Conflict and Change in the Cities, 1800–57

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This chapter discusses some aspects of urban society which provided a background to all these conflicts, specifically rapid population movement and poverty. It explains that relationship between political power, elite consumption, trade and the agrarian society established in the mid-eighteenth century had come under pressure by 1830 and this pressure originated in the incompatibility of the colonial state and the Indian successor regimes to the Mughal Empire. It argues that many conflicts between different social groups reflect the changing role of the state. The British had eroded the old forms of government and redistribution without replacing them with new system.

Keywords: urban society; population movement; poverty; political power; elite consumption; agrarian society; colonial state; successor regimes; Mughal Empire

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