The Punjab Peasant in Prosperity and Debt

Author:

Clive J. Dewey

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Rs1015 Rs1450 30% OFF

Availability: Available

    

Rating and Reviews

0.0 / 5

5
0%
0

4
0%
0

3
0%
0

2
0%
0

1
0%
0
Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2020
ISBN-13

9788194352198

ISBN-10 8194352193
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 325 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x2
Weight (grms) 486

 


The Punjab Peasant in Prosperity and Debt, first published in 1925, is an acknowledged classic. Its author, Sir Malcolm Lyall Darling (1880-1964), combined an out­standing Anglo-Indian career with literary achievement. And he belonged to that rare breed of bureaucrats who had a sense of mission: his goal, rural reconstruction; his means, village cooperative societies.


The volume is the distillation of a lifetime of experience of working among the peasants. In the course of his official duties as Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Darling had no end of opportunities of meeting peasants and conversing with them on economic and social issues. And few men have observed the peasant with so keen an eye for detail or entered his mental world so completely.


In this book Darling proceeds to explain the varying incidence of indebtedness in the Punjab and examines the factors influencing such variations. He analyses the economic factors first – the size of holdings, irrigation facilities, yield of crops, access to markets, etc. Then he probes the social institutions bearing upon indebtedness – the power of the landlord and priests, and of the institutions of the moneylender, and finally the local value system prevalent in the rural society. All along Darling offers a wealth of perception and any number of new insights.


This reprint has a long scholarly introduction specially written for this edition, and also a bibliography of Darling’s works.


 

Clive J. Dewey

Clive Dewey is Emeritus Reader at University of Leicester. He has also been Visiting Fellow/Professor at the University of Cambridge, University of Heidelberg, and Leiden University.
No Review Found