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Ancient Rights and Future Comfort : Bihar, the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885, and British Rule in India.

Author: Peter Robb
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
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This book analyses the character of British rule in nineteenth-century India, by focusing on the underlying ideas and the practical repercussions of agrarian policy. It argues that the great rent law debate and the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885 helped constitute a revolution in the effective aims of government and in the colonial ability to interfere in India, but that they did so alongside a continuing weakness of  Read more...
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Robb, Peter.
Ancient Rights and Future Comfort : Bihar, the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885, and British Rule in India.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Robb
ISBN: 9781136799259 1136799257
OCLC Number: 862610400
Description: 1 online resource (409 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Sources and abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Property, classes and the state; 2 Official will and administrative capacity; 3 A necessary reform; 4 The great rent law debate; 5 Custom and the law; 6 The magic of property; 7 The politics of land; 8 Keeping the record; 9 Colonial rule and agrarian structure; 10 Rents and rights; 11 Peasants, property and nation; Index.

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This book analyses the character of British rule in nineteenth-century India, by focusing on the underlying ideas and the practical repercussions of agrarian policy. It argues that the great rent law debate and the Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885 helped constitute a revolution in the effective aims of government and in the colonial ability to interfere in India, but that they did so alongside a continuing weakness of understanding and in effective local control. In particular, the book considers the importance of notions of historical rights and economic progress to the false categorisations made o.

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