Colonial Land Tax and Property Rights: The Agrarian Conditions in Andhra Under the British Rule: 1858-1900

Author:

Thangellapali Vijay Kumar

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2018
ISBN-13

9789350981993

ISBN-10 9350981998
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 366 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x2.5
Weight (grms) 592

This volume analyses the importance of property rights on land which were transformed by the British in the form of colonial land revenue system in Andhra region of Madras Presidency. It initiates a discussion of the traditional production systems like irrigation, agricultural methods, etc., which were replaced by the colonial ones. It further shows how the small peasantry suffered under the new system. This book also deals with the relations between the colonial state, rich peasants, zamindars and peasants under the ryotwary and zamindary settlements, which were introduced at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It further examines how the peasantry lost their rights on lands and how it went under the control of merchants and rich peasant moneylenders. Consequently, de-peasantization, wage labour and general agrarian impoverishment followed.


The colonial legal system favoured zamindars, landlords and rich peasants against small peasants, who could not go to colonial courts due to heavy legal costs. The volume analyses in minute detail various Acts, which affected the property rights of peasants on their lands.


The volume critically examines the market system of the times, in which the colonial transportation network helped integrate the local market with the world market for the benefit of the colonial state and British Empire.

Thangellapali Vijay Kumar

Thangellapali Vijay Kumar is Associate Professor and Head, Department of History, Sikkim University. He was educated in Osmania University where he received his MA (1984) and Ph.D. (1993). He has also taught in the Department of History in Adikeih College of Arts and Social Sciences, Adikeih, Kritrea (North East Aftric) for nine years.
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