ISBN 9788187586531,A History of Agriculture in India (from c. AD 1200 to 1947), (History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Volume V, Part 2, Section I)

A History of Agriculture in India (from c. AD 1200 to 1947), (History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Volume V, Part 2, Section I)



Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788187586531

ISBN-10 8187586532

Hard Back

Number of Pages 798 Pages
Language (English)


The volumes of the PROJECT OF HISTORY OF INDIAN SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE (PHISPC) aim at discovering the main aspects of India's heritage and present them in an interrelated way. These volumes, in spite of their unitary look, recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers and writers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact, contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches. The Project is marked by what may be called 'methodological pluralism'. In spite of its primary historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India. The history of agriculture in the present volume (V Part II) is concerned with the development of agriculture in various aspects in Medieval and Modern India. It has been divided in two sections: Section I on Agriculture in Medieval and Modern India up to 1947 and Section II on Agriculture in Post Independence India from 1947 up to the present. Each section focuses on technology, Regional Study, Revenue administration and Produces, Peasant Study, Institution aspect, Horticulture, Religion/Folklore, Music, Science in Agriculture, Dairy Farming, Policy Reforms, Forestry and Environment. Section I has three chapters (1, 2, 3) on Medieval agrarian technology, followed by regional study of agriculture in Kashmir, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Malwa, Hoysala and Vijayanagar empires in five chapters (4-8). Revenue administration and produce in medieval India form the theme of next five chapters (9-13). Peasant milieu in Medieval India is the subject of Chapter 14. Chapter 10 utilizes the unofficial source of Surdas for Mughal land revenue assessment. Chapters 15, 16 and 17 are devoted to inter-relationship among Forestry and Ecology in Mughal times. Chapters 18 and are devoted respectively to agriculture technique in Gujarat and Jalasrota. Regional Studies of agriculture in Rajasthan and Punjab have been analysed in Chapters 20 and 21. Agricultural Produces - Apples, Sugarcane and Rice are subject of Chapters 22, 23 and 24. The states of farmers in Gujarat, Bhabharamani Varta and in relation to Congress and Peasant in the eyes of Munshi Prem Chand are themes of Chapters 25-28. Evolution of agricultural departments in Nineteenth Century has been critically examined in Chapter 29 while Horticulture in Indian Himalayas has been discussed in last chapter (30). Each chapter has been given thorough analysis on the basis of original sources including unofficial sources by experts. The volume is a lucid summation of existing knowledge on agriculture in medieval and modern India up to 1947 with research orientation while the Section II has a critical appraisal of post Independence Indian Agriculture up to the present. For a complete vision and understanding of the subject vis-a-vis policy/reforms/science/technology etc. both sections are essential continuity. The volume in both sections are unique in the sense that every chapter has been authored by experts who have utilized official as well as unofficial sources for a critical analysis of the development of Indian Agriculture against the back drop of ecology, technology, folklore/music and human aspect and civilization aspects.