By Dr. Linda George   |   St. Albert’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam
Learners enrolled: 879
It helps to familiarize the terms like imperialism, colonialism, drain of wealth, land settlements like permanent settlements, zamindari system, economic nationalism etc. which created a mark on Indian economy and society.
The legacy of colonialism had a deep influence in molding many economic decisions and structural arrangements since the attainment of freedom. The British rule marked a great impact on the primary, secondary, and even the tertiary sector of the country. The demographic profile along with the hardships caused by famines and their consequences on the economic structure is detailed here. So, this course helps to gain knowledge on the historical dimensions and their interlinkages on the socio-economic and political framework and how all these enabled the Indians to adapt to these structural changes.

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 5
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 03 Jan 2024
End Date : 15 May 2024
Enrollment Ends : 29 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 18 May 2024 IST
Exam Shift :

Shift 2

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Weekly Lecture Topics

Week 1
Historical background of India in the Pre-colonial phase
Advent of European powers
Expansion of the British empire in India
Expansion under Governor Generals

Week 2
Commercial and trade policies of EIC
Economic policies & Revolt of 1857
Mercantilism and Colonialism

Week 3
National Income during the colonial rule
Methods of measuring National Income

Week 4
Population of India
Occupational Structure
Urbanization in the Colonial period

Week 5
Changing agrarian trends in India during the Colonial period  An introduction
Agricultural techniques and methods used in British India
Irrigation system under the colonial rule

Week 6
Land Reforms
Agricultural credit
Commercialization of agriculture

Week 7
Peasant Uprising in Colonial India
The Peasant Movements of the 20th  Century

Week 8
Advent of Railways
Railways on mkt integration
Post and Telegraph In Colonial India

Week 9
Industrialization in India
Characteristics of Indian industries
Rise of large-scale industries
Small Scale industries in British India

Week 10
Industrial Labour force in India during the British rule
Shipbuilding Industry
Ports in Colonial India

Week 11
Road Transportation during the Colonial Period
Mineral Resources in Colonial India
Power Sector in the Colonial Period

Week 12
Forest Sector of Colonial India
Education System in Colonial India
Health Care Sector During the Colonial Period

Week 13 Entrepreneurship in Colonial regime
Debate on de- industrialization - Handicraft Industries in Colonial India
Drain of Wealth
Rise of Economic nationalism

Week 14
External and Internal Trade in India during the British Rule
Trade Policy during the British Rule In India
Foreign Capital

Week 15
Indian Monetary System from 1857 to 1947
Fiscal Policy of India during the reign of Colonial rulers

Week 16. Status of Women in Colonial India
Development of Press in Colonial India

Week 17
State in the imperialistic structure
World Wars and Indian Economy
Indian economy at the time of independence

Week 18
Overview- Historical Background Of India
Overview - Macro Trends Of 1857-1947

Week 19
Overview- Agriculture Sector in Colonial India
Overview- Industrial Developments in Colonial India

Week 20
Overview- Infrastructural Developments
Overview-Economy and Polity in Imperial Context

Books and references

1. Roy, T. (2011). The Economic History of India, 1857-1947 (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press.
2. Tomlinson, B. R. (1993). The Economy of modern India, 1860-1970. Cambridge University Press.
3. Kumar, D., & Desai, M. (Eds.). (1983). The Cambridge economic history of India: Volume 2: c.1757-c.1970. 
4. Bandopadyaya, S.(2014). From Plassey to Partition and After. Orient Blackswan Private Limited.
5. Dutt, R.C. (1994). The Economic History of India. Forgotten Books.
6. Habib, I.(2006). Indian Economy 1858-1914, A People's History of India, Vol.28, Tulika.

Instructor bio

Dr. Linda George

St. Albert’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam
Linda George is an Assistant Professor of Economics, at the Postgraduate Department of Economics, St. Albert’s College (Autonomous), Ernakulam where she has been employed since October 2014. The area of her specialization includes Financial Markets, Banking and Microeconomics. She teaches Microeconomics, Public Economics, Environmental Economics and Sustainable development, Indian Economy, International trade and Agricultural Economics. 
She is a resource person on e- content development and has taken many sessions in various colleges. She has to her credit two chapters on multi-disciplinary areas in two books and three international publications and co-authored a text book on Fundamentals of Economics.
She also participated and presented papers in many national and international seminars and workshops. She is a member of Kerala Economic Association and World Economics Association. 
She received her B.A and M.A in Economics from Mahatma Gandhi University and Ph.D. in financial inclusion from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.

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30% weightage internal assessment and 70% weightage main examination

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