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The Importance of Being a Patron

Patronage as Politics in South Asia edited by Anastasia Piliavsky, Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2014; pp xvi + 469, Rs 895, hardback.

Towards Integrated History

Modern Times: India 1880s-1950s by Sumit Sarkar, Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2014; pp xiv+464, Rs 895(hardback).

Economic Legacy of Colonial Rule Revisited

Continuing the debate on the economic legacy of colonial rule, the author responds to Banerjee et al's critique of his essay, also published in EPW.

The Economic Legacies of Colonial Rule in India

The essay reinterprets the British colonial empire in India (the Raj, for short) as a state. Based on that reinterpretation it offers fresh assessments on three issues: how its policies shaped the economy of India, what lessons the postcolonial state drew from history, and the gains and costs of the postcolonial development strategy.

Benchmark Study on Adivasi History

Adivasis and the Raj: Socio-economic Transition of the Hos, 1820-1932 (Critical Thinking in South Asian History Series) by Sanjukta Das Gupta (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan), 2011; pp xvi+367, Rs 820.

The History of Caste

Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present by Sumit Guha (Leiden: Brill (Brill's Indological Library)) 2013; pp xx+ 236, $127.

Humanity's Struggle for a Better Life

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press), 2013; pp xvi + 360, £19.95 (cloth).

New Horizons in Trade History

Pelagic Passageways: The Northern Bay of Bengal before Colonialism edited by Rila Mukherjee (Delhi: Primus Books), 2011; pp xv + 502, Rs 1,395.

The Making of Modern Indian Business

The Oxford History of Contemporary Indian Business by Dwijendra Tripathi and Jyoti Jumani (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2013; pp xvi + 285; Rs 2,995.

Love in Calcutta

Sex and Sensibility: Richard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822 by Peter Robb (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2011; pp xvi+260, Rs 695.

A Chaotic Collection

History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue edited by C A Bayly, Vijayendra Rao, Simon Szreter, Michael Woolcock (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press), 2011; pp xii + 276, price not stated.

Empire, Law and Economic Growth

This article explores three concepts in global history - empire, law and economic growth - and their coming closer together to form a new discourse. Two recent tendencies contribute to the making of the discourse. Imperial history moves away from a view of empires as extractive machines towards a view of empires as legislating states. Economic history, on the other hand, underscores the role of legislation as a foundation for modern economic growth. Law, then, is the new bridge between empire and economic growth. Does this idea help us understand Indian history?

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