Law, State and Agrarian Society in Colonial India

  title={Law, State and Agrarian Society in Colonial India},
  author={David Washbrook},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={649 - 721}
  • D. Washbrook
  • Published 1 July 1981
  • History, Law
  • Modern Asian Studies
Perhaps the most intransigent problem in the recent history of Indian society remains an adequate understanding of the processes of social change which took place under colonialism. As the continunig controversies within, as much as between, the traditions of modernization theory, Marxism, and the underdevelopment theory make plain, the Indian historical record is peculiarly difficult to grasp with conventional sociological concepts. In the study of Western European society, a focus on the… 

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