This book presents a concise economic history of India from 1600 to the mobile economy of the twenty-first century. It examines political events, social history, and economic developments across the world through the years to showcase how India has navigated its economic past, present, and future, and shaped events that for years controlled the Indian economy.

This volume covers a range of important themes, which include:

  • Medieval fiscal systems, and the European surge in India
  • The impact of the British Industrial Revolution on India; English interventionism and policies; the imperialistic economy and its impact
  • Indian economy and nationalist movement in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century; the Great Depression and its global consequences
  • Gandhiism and ‘mass nationalism’; Independence and Partition; the impact of the World Wars; the inter-war economy; the rise of the dollar, and other key global trends
  • The Cold War and India
  • Constitutional remedies, nation-building and industrial policies; food security, the Green Revolution, and the power politics of 1970s
  • Liberalization, privatization, and globalization in the 1990s; and
  • The economy of war and peace, India–China relations, and current trends in political economy

The book offers a lucid and insightful narrative of how the economy unfolded in India. It will interest readers of Indian history, economic history, and South Asian history and other general readers.

part I|36 pages

European Surge in India

chapter 1|8 pages

The Boats of Fortune

Embarking Territorialism

chapter 2|17 pages

The Beginning of the Economic Invasion

Vision towards India

chapter 3|9 pages

A Masterstroke Narrative and Plassey Game

Consolidating Absolute Rule

part II|19 pages

Aggressive Anglicization

chapter 4|8 pages

Economic Interventionism

Aggressive Policies and Fall of E.E.I.C.

chapter 5|9 pages

The Hard Times of the 1850s

The Consequence of Suffocation and the Muzzles of 1857

part III|9 pages

Ambition of Industrialization against Market Fluctuations

chapter 6|7 pages

The Economy and Industry

Parallel Forces in the Market up to 1920

part IV|12 pages

First Breaking of Nations

chapter 7|10 pages

The Inter-War Economy

Global Political-Economic Trends – 1920 to 1938

part V|25 pages

Bloodbath in Wall Street and Consequences

chapter 8|11 pages

The Long Week of October 1929

The Great Depression and its Global Consequences

chapter 9|12 pages

British Opportunism and Fiscal Autonomy

Cause of Depression and Wealth Drain in India

part VI|15 pages

World War II and India's Independence Blueprint

chapter 10|13 pages

Second World War Perspectives

Narratives, Shifts, New World Powers, Towards the Cold War

part VII|18 pages

Industry and Agriculture Tug-of-War

chapter 11|7 pages

Economic Tumours in Market Discipline

Nehru, Industrial Policies, and War Phases

chapter 12|9 pages

Food Security and the Green Revolution

Borlaug, Swaminathan, Shastri Architecture

part VIII|9 pages

Reforming towards First Globalization

chapter 13|7 pages

The Automobile Revolution

The Maruti Narrative

part IX|17 pages

US-Soviet Relations and its Global Impact – 1956–1991: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

part X|32 pages

Hammer Stroke of Liberalism

chapter 15|14 pages

No More USSR

The Economy of War and Realpolitik

chapter 16|16 pages

Manmohan Singh and Reformation

Liberalization, Privatization, and Globalization

part XI|31 pages

Conflicts and International Relations