chapter  1
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Introduction: the ‘early modern’ in Indian economic history

The 111 years that spanned the death of the last great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (1707) and the annexation of Maratha territories by the British East India Company (1818) form the subject of this book. This was a period of transition for the economy of India, as well as for the economy of the world. The book is about these transitions, and shows how a study of the time can contribute to a deeper understanding of the long-run patterns of economic change in India.