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Capitalist Domination And The Small Peasantry: The Deccan Districts In The Late Nineteenth Century

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There is a widespread notion that the Indian countryside is still to a large extent dominated by precapitalist relationships of a semi-feudal variety. This chapter attempts to show why a dilemma of this sort represents only a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. It attempts to argue that the positions of Bhaduri and Patnaik, and many others of a similar tendency, rest on an erroneous conception of intervention in the process of production, on a failure to explore and understand properly Marxs views of the relationships in question and, finally, on a failure to analyse concretely the system of production that actually prevailed in various parts of the country as early as the nineteenth century. The nucleus of the chapter consists, therefore, of precisely one such analysis of the disintegrating small-production economy of the Deccan in the period shortly before and after the cotton boom.

Keywords: late nineteenth century; precapitalist relationships; small-production economy



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