EH404 Half Unit
India and the World Economy
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Tirthankar Roy SAR 616
This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, MA in Asian and International History (LSE and NUS), MA in Modern History, MBA Exchange, MRes/PhD in Quantitative Economic History, MSc in Economic History, MSc in Economic History (Research), MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus), MSc in International and Asian History, MSc in International and World History (LSE & Columbia) and MSc in Political Economy of Late Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access). In previous years we have been able to provide places for all students that apply, but that may not continue to be the case.
From the eighteenth century, the South Asia region played an important part in international transactions in goods, people, and money. The world economy, in turn, shaped potentials for economic growth in the region. The aim of the course is to impart an understanding of the global factors that shaped economic change in the South Asia region in the 18th through the early-20th century. It will also deal with the principal ways in which South Asia contributed to economic change in the rest of the world. The political context of globalization, especially imperialism and colonial policies, will be considered. The course will be divided into a set of topics, which together cover a large ground, but a selection from which will be discussed in the class. Lectures and seminars will centre on the readings assigned to each topic.
Topics to be covered: Introductory: India and the world economy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - how each shaped the other; textiles in eighteenth century India: scale - organization - impact on global consumption and innovation - trade and territorial politics; nineteenth century market integration: de-industrialization and the artisans; nineteenth century market integration: Agricultural exports, land rights, and the peasantry - Trade and famines; Government finance in colonial setting: The drain controversy - public debt; overseas migration in the nineteenth century: Who went where, how many, and why - private gains and losses - social effects: slavery and indenture, women, nature of work and skill-formation - labour and non-labour migrants compared; foreign capital and industrialization; balance of payments and the monetary system; overview: Globalization and economic growth.
10 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars in the LT.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Lent Term. This year, while we are planning for most classes and seminars to be delivered in-person, it is possible that some or all of this teaching may have to be delivered virtually. Lectures will either be recorded or given in the form of live webinars.
This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.
Students are expected to write one essay or equivalent pieces of written work.
- G. Balachandran, ed., India and the World Economy 1850-1950 (2003);
- C. Bates and M. Carter, ‘Sirdars as Intermediaries in Nineteenth-century Indian Ocean Indentured Labour Migration,’ Modern Asian Studies (2017);
- L. Chaudhary, B. Gupta, T. Roy and A. Swamy, eds, A New Economic History of Colonial India (2015);
- D. Haynes, Small Town Capitalism in Western India: Artisans, Merchants and the Making of the Informal Economy 1870-1960 (2012);
- P. Marshall, ed., The Eighteenth Century in Indian History ( 2004);
- T. Roy, A Business History of India: Enterprise and the Emergence of Capitalism 1700-2015 (2018).
Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Economic History
Total students 2020/21: 8
Average class size 2020/21: 7
Controlled access 2020/21: Yes
Value: Half Unit