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Colonial Land Tax and Property Rights


Thangellapali Vijay Kumar



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10 May 2018
Land rights; Legal history; Property law; Agriculture & farming
This volume analyses the importance of property rights on land which were transformed by the British in the form of colonial land revenue system in Andhra region of Madras Presidency. It initiates a discussion of the traditional production systems like irrigation, agricultural methods, etc., which were replaced by the colonial ones. It further shows how the small peasantry suffered under the new system. This book also deals with the relations between the colonial state, rich peasants, zamindars and peasants under the ryotwary and zamindary settlements, which were introduced at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It further examines how the peasantry lost their rights on lands and how it went under the control of merchants and rich peasant moneylenders. Consequently, de-peasantization, wage labour, and general agrarian impoverishment followed.

The colonial legal system favoured zamindars, landlords and rich peasants against small peasants, who could not go to colonial courts due to heavy legal costs. The volume analyses in minute detail various Acts, which affected the property rights of peasants on their lands.

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By:   Thangellapali Vijay Kumar
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138323773
ISBN 10:   1138323772
Pages:   366
Publication Date:   10 May 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thangellapali Vijay Kumar is Associate Professor and Head, Department of History, Sikkim University. He was educated in Osmania University where he received his MA (1984) and Ph.D. (1993).

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