Towns, Trade and Society After the Great Rebellion

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:

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

Towns, Trade and Society After the Great Rebellion

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This chapter examines the changes in politics, social life, and trade in north India after the Rebellion of 1857. It explains that after the rebellion the Crown government began to take a more active role in public works and pushed forward the modernisation of administration, the professions and education. After 1860, the society which the government had modified was already moving along its own, slower paths of development. This chapter argues that the first force behind the growth of the commercial economy and the towns in the later nineteenth century was government spending.

Keywords: politics; social life; trade; north India; Rebellion of 1857; Crown government; public works; modernisation; government spending; commercial economy

Chapter.  13836 words. 

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