1. Prof. Ravindran Gopinath
(Department of History & Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, India)
発表タイトル: "Indian Economic History Writing: Past Trends and Future Possibilities"
2. Professor K. S. James
(Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore)
発表タイトル: "DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND: The Role of Household Saving and Female Work Participation"
History Writing: Past Trends and Future Possibilities
Professor, Department of History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Writings on the economic history of colonial India have been and continue to be marked by sharp contestation and bitter polemics. My presentation is an attempt to analyse the fundamental differences in the approaches to Indian economic history, evaluate them against the historical record and finally suggest some areas for new research.
The presentation is organized in four parts:
1. An introduction to the
beginning of Indian economic history writing, its rise and decline, followed by a somewhat schematic account of the main approaches to Indian economic history writing.
2. It then looks at two broad
themes in Indian economic history as case studies to highlight the different
approaches. The themes selected for study are the debates on the eighteenth century in India and agrarian history.
3. Comment on the latest
critique of earlier writings and the theoretical underpinnings of this position.
4. Suggests some ways forward
for research in Indian economic history that could potentially overcome the limitations of earlier approaches and methods.