The Earthy Soil: Bombay Peasants and the Indian National Movement, 1919-1947

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - History - 161 pages
Recent studies on the Raj in India have concentrated on the intricate and sometimes covoluted links between the apparently antagonistic forces of imperialism and nationalism in the subcontinent, particularly at the level of political organization and party practice. However it is becoming apparent that the burgeoning of nationalist forces in the century preceding Independence was not only in response to the West's political impact on India, but to its social and economic impact as well. Epstein here uses a detailed analysis of the economic and social changes Bombay underwent under British rule--the commercialization of agriculture, the concomitant emergence of increasingly market-oriented peasant communites from rural isolation into broader spheres of influence--to shed new light on the changing pattern of Congress success within the Bombay presidency after World War I.

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