‘Deindustrialization’ Revisited: The Handloom Weavers of the Central Provinces of India, c. 1800–1947

  title={‘Deindustrialization’ Revisited: The Handloom Weavers of the Central Provinces of India, c. 1800–1947},
  author={Peter Harnetty},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={455 - 510}
  • P. Harnetty
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • Economics, History
  • Modern Asian Studies
When Marx in 1853 denounced the exploitation of India under British rule and wrote of ‘The British intruder who broke up the Indian handloom’ he laid the foundation for an economic critique which has endured to the present day. In the twentieth century, the fate of the Indian handloom weaver has been at the center of the controversy over the concept of the ‘deindustrialization’ of India on which there is now a substantial body of literature. Did the handloom industry collapse in face of… 

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