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The peasant production of opium in nineteenth-century India /
by Rolf Bauer.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
description
xiii, 220 pages ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004385177, 9789004385177, 9789004385184
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
isbn
9004385177
9789004385177
9789004385184
contents note
The creation of a system -- The functioning of a system -- A local-level analysis of an opium district : Saran -- The costs and benefits of poppy cultivation -- The mechanics of a system : incentives, coercion and dependence.
abstract
"The Peasant Production of Opium in 19th Century India is a pioneering work about the more than one million peasants who produced opium for the colonial state in nineteenth-century India. Based on a profound empirical analysis, Rolf Bauer not only shows that the peasants cultivated poppy against a substantial loss but he also reveals how they were coerced into the production of this drug. By dissecting the economic and social power relations on a local level, this study explains how a triangle of debt, the colonial state's power and social dependencies in the village formed the coercive mechanisms that transformed the peasants into opium producers. The result is a book that adds to our understanding of peasant economies in a colonial context"--
catalogue key
12762257
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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