Professor Tirthankar Roy

Professor Tirthankar Roy

Professor in Economic History

Department of Economic History

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About me

I teach South Asia and Global History at the LSE, and am the author of India in the World Economy from Antiquity to the Present, besides other books and articles. My work on economic history tries to answer three questions. Is there a long-term pattern in Indian capitalism? When did the big breaks occur in that pattern? Does history help us understand how capitalism in India works today?

My recent publications include Law and the Economy in Colonial India (with Anand V. Swamy, University of Chicago Press, 2016). The book discusses the diverse influences that shaped British Indian law and shows why it delivered rather poor value to the users. Currently in press, The Economy of South Asia from 1950 to the Present (Palgrave, 2017) explores the historical roots of rapid economic growth in the region, with reference to politics, markets, resources, and the world economy. The first systematic economic history of modern South Asia, the book offers a new interpretation on why the region is changing so fast, and what that means for the world. My ongoing projects include a sequel to Law and the Economy (with Anand Swamy) dealing with post-independence India.

Research interests

History and development of South Asia, global history, empires, environmental history


Teaching

EH307 The Economic History of South Asia, 1600-2000

EH404 India and the World Economy

EH479,EH480EH481EH491EH496-7EH498EH499 MSc Dissertations


 Select publications

Monsoon and the Market for Money in Late Colonial India, Enterprise and Society, 17(2), 2016, 324-357.

The Mutiny and the Merchants, The Historical Journal, 59(2), 2016, 393-416.

Geography or Politics? Regional Inequality in Colonial India, European Review of Economic History, 18(3), 2014, 306-23.

Trading Firms in Colonial India, Business History Review, 88 (Special Issue 1), 2014, 9-42.

Where is Bengal? Situating an Indian Region in the Early Modern World Economy, Past and Present, 213, 2011, 115-46.

Indigo and Law in Colonial India, Economic History Review, 64(S1), 2011, 60-75.

Economic Conditions in Early Modern Bengal: A Contribution to the Divergence Debate, Journal of Economic History, 70(1), 2010, 179-194.

 


 

View Professor Roy's CV here. 

Expertise

Artisans and industrialization; economic history of South Asia; global history; historical methods; music history; textiles

Selected publications and media

Publications, presentations and papers

Books (authored):

  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H (forthcoming 2017) Youth Activism and Solidarity: the Non-Stop Picket Against Apartheid (under contract to Routledge) 
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution. Foreword by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Korean (2012), Spanish (2012), Indonesian (2014) and Turkish (2014) language editions of Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution have been published.

Book chapters:

  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H (forthcoming Jan 2016) ‘Growing up through youthful engagement with geopolitical campaigning’ in M Benwell and P Hopkins (eds) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Aldershot: Ashgate. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to the ALBA-TCP’ in Thomas Muhr (ed.) Counter- Globalization and Socialism in the 21st Century: the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, Routledge, Rethinking Globalizations series, 101-118. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2012) ‘Che Guevara: Cooperatives and the Political Economy of the Transition to Socialism’ in Camila Piñeiro Harnecker (ed.) Cooperatives and Socialism, Palgrave Macmillan, 115-142. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘El Che Guevara: las cooperativas y la economía política de la transición al socialismo’ in Camila Piñeiro Hernecker (ed.) Cooperativas y Socialismo, Editorial Caminos, 132-166.

Encyclopedia entries:

  • Yaffe, H (in press, 2015) ‘Guevara, Ernesto “Che”’, Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Yaffe, H (2011) ‘Che Guevara (1928-1967)’, The Literary Encyclopedia, www.litencyc.com.

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Yaffe, H. (2015) Venezuela: Building a Communal Economy?, International Critical Review, Routledge, 5:1, 23-41. 
  • Brown G and Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Practices of Solidarity: Opposing apartheid in the centre of London’ in Antipode: a radical journal of Geography. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12037. 
  • Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Non-Stop Against Apartheid: practicing solidarity outside the South African Embassy’, Social Movement Studies 12(2): 227 – 234. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2012) ‘Che Guevara: The Great Debate Past and Present’, Science & Society, 76: 1, 9-38. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: An Alternative Development Strategy?’, International Journal of Cuban Studies, Special Issue: A new dawn? ALBA and the future of Caribbean and Latin American integration, Vol 3, No. 2 & 3, Summer/Autumn 2011, 128-144.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to ALBA’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 15:2, 143-160.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Che Guevara’s enduring legacy: not the foco, but the theory of socialist transition’, Latin American Perspectives, 36:2, 49-65.

Selected invitations and presentations

  • (2013) International Women’s Forum, World Leadership Conference, ‘Modern Movements Shaping the World’. Guest speaker on ‘Shaping modern finance, public debt and the future’. Vancouver, Canada. 
  • (2013) A Venezuelan government ministry(Ministerio de Poder Popular para las Comunas y los Movimientos Sociales) invited me to give a series of lectures and presentations about my work on Cuban & Latin American political economy and to take part in internal discussions with several ministries and the government’s Economic Sub-Commission.
  • (2013) Cuidad Universitaria José Antonio Echavarría(CUJAE), La Habana, Cuba. Guest lecture on ‘the role of technicians and technology in the political economy of transition’.

Selected conference papers 

  • Yaffe, H, (2015) ‘Venezuela’s attempts to build a communal economic system and its impact on ALBA’. Presented at Ten Years of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA): Progress, Problems, and Prospects, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. 
  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H. (2013): ‘Practices of Solidarity: opposing apartheid in the centre of London’. Presented at International Solidarity: Practices, Problems, Possibilities. Institute for International Integration Studies international conference, Trinity College, Dubin.
  •  Yaffe, H. (2011) Two papers: ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: an alternative development strategy’ and ‘Cuban development: inspiration to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas’. Presented at the Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference, St Andrews University. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘The Political Economy of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas’. Presented at International ALBA Conference, International Institute for the Study of Cuba. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)’. Presented at Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘Not Socialist Enough: Cuba and the British Left’. Presented at the Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference, University of Bristol. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘ALBA new dawn for Latin America?’ Presented at The Pink Tide: Reconfiguring Politics, Power 4 and Political Economy in the Americas? University of Nottingham.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Forwards to the old Great Debate’. Presented at the Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham.

Recent media

  • Recent op-eds and articles on Fidel Castro's death, Cuban development and Cuba-US relations for The Guardian, The Conversation, Telesur.
  • Late 2016 to early 2017, interviewed for BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, Canadian CTV, Australian RN, following Fidel Castro's death in Cuba. 
  • March 2016, interviewed by Sky News and provided live commentary for BBC World News on several occasions during US President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. 
  • April 2015, interviewed on US-Cuban relations for BBC World News and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  • Other recent media interviews include: BBC News 24, World Service and Radio 4, Radio France International, Prensa Latina, Press TV, Television Cubana, Radio Sur and Ecuadorian National Television.

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