Wage Earners in India 1500-1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context

Jan Lucassen, Radhika Seshan

Wage Earners in India 1500-1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context
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Wage Earners in India 1500-1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context

Jan Lucassen, Radhika Seshan

The study of wage levels and the purchasing power of wages is often viewed as a specialized academic topic of little concern to the wider public. This is far from being the case, as this book demonstrates. The study of wages opens up vistas of the daily life of the working people, of their standards of living and, therefore, addresses questions of larger economic developments and unequal power relationships in a region. Wage Earners in India 1500-1900: Regional Approaches in an International Context brings together several scholars-young and veteran-to study new data and reinterpret older data from a fresh methodological perspective to locate India within global economic systems more effectively. This book * identifies previously unused and unpublished material for the study of wages * underlines the importance of wages as a source of income for Indians from early times * demonstrates the trends in wages over the period under review * stresses the need to take women into account for the reconstruction of household income

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