The Great Agrarian Conquest: The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World

By: Neeladri Bhattacharya

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Such radical change, Bhattacharya shows, is as much conceptual as material. Agrarian colonisation was a process of creating spaces that conformed to the demands of colonial rule. It entailed establishing a regime of categories – tenancies, tenures, properties, habitations – and a framework of laws that made the change possible. Agrarian colonisation was in this sense a deep conquest. Colonialism, the book suggests, has the power to revisualise and reorder social relations and bonds of community. It changes the world radically, even when it seeks to preserve elements of the old. The changes it brings about are simultaneously cultural, discursive, legal, linguistic, spatial, social, and economic. Moving from intent to action, concepts to practices, legal enactments to court battles, official discourses to folklore, this book explores the conflicted and dialogic nature of a transformative process. By analysing this great conquest, and the often silent ways in which it unfolds, this book asks every historian to rethink the practice of writing agrarian history and reflect on the larger issues of doing history. PRINTED PAGES: 542.

Title: The Great Agrarian Conquest: The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World

Author Name: Neeladri Bhattacharya

Categories: India, Social Studies,

Publisher: New Delhi, Permanent Black/Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2018

ISBN: 8178245248

ISBN 13: 9788178245249

Binding: Hardcover

Seller ID: 900716

Keywords: The Great Agrarian Conquest: The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World Neeladri Bhattacharya