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The Origins of Industrial Capitalism in India

Rajnarayan Chandavarkar presents the first major study of the relationship between labour and capital in India’s economic development in the early twentieth-century. He explores the emergence of capitalism in the region, the development of the cotton textile industry, its particular problems in the 1920s and 1930s and the mill owners’ and the state’s responses to them. The author also investigates how a labour force was formed in Bombay – its rural roots, urban networks, industrial organisation and the way in which it shaped capitalist strategies. In a subject dominated by the assumption of unities, Rajnarayan Chandavarkar convincingly demonstrates the […]

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