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

By: Neeladri Bhattacharya

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This book examines how, over colonial times, the diverse practices and customs of an existing rural universe – with its many forms of lifelihood – were reshaped to create a new agrarian world of settled farming. While focusing on Punjab, this pathbreaking analysis offers a broad argument about the workings of colonial power: the fantasy of imperialism, it says, is to make the universe afresh. 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, Agriculture,

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

ISBN: 8178245248

ISBN 13: 9788178245249

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1202337

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