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Famine, Philanthropy and the Colonial State: North India in the Early Nineteenth Century

Sanjay Sharma


This book examines the lesser known aspects of the colonial state through the lens of the many famines and famine induced crimes which affected north India as it emerged from the ‘chaotic’ eighteenth century. It situates the 1837-8 famine in the political, ideological and economic processes of the colonial state which, paradoxically, continued to advocate laissez faire even as it’s humanitarian and pragmatic concerns (including fears of disorder) resulted in a series of interventionist policies. In this it was aided by a growth in missionary activity, with institutions being created for ‘famin ... More

Keywords: Indian famines, famine crime, colonial philanthropy, famine relief, colonial north India, colonial state formation, colonial laissez faire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195653861
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195653861.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjay Sharma, author
Zakir Husain College, Delhi University