India, Modernity, and the Great Divergence

by on June 18, 2017 at 12:27 am in Books, Economics, History, Uncategorized | Permalink

India, Modernity, and the Great Divergence: Mysore and Gujarat (17th to 19th C.) is exactly what the title promises.  This 700 pp. or so book by Kaveh Yazdani, teaching in South Africa, is not published within the traditional network of outlets.  Yet from my perusal of the first 100 pp. or so it seemed quite promising, plus it has excellent endorsements, for instance:

“Yazdani has made a great addition to scholarship on the Great Divergence. His analysis of military, economic, technical, and political advances in Mysore and Gujarat – two of the most commercially advanced areas of 17th and 18th century India – sheds new light on the nature and complexity of the differences between contemporary Indian and European states. No analysis of the Great Divergence will be credible without taking Yazdani’s research, and Indian developments, into account.”
– Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax

Recommended, to some of you, let’s hope it gets a broader circulation.  We do indeed live in a golden age for economic history.

1 prior_test2 June 18, 2017 at 2:39 am

But what does MR’s man in India have to say?

Though we now know of the blurb making abilities of Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax (or a bit more technically, ‘Jack A. Goldstone (PhD Harvard) is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’ – http://jackgoldstone.gmu.edu/ ) Talk about leveraging network effect synergies in the digital domain – self-recommending indeed.

2 Balthasar Gelt June 18, 2017 at 6:26 am

And it can be all yours for a mere $234.00 plus tax!

3 Careless June 18, 2017 at 6:43 am

Yikes, you’re not joking

4 Thiago Ribeiro June 18, 2017 at 7:22 am

There will be no peace and prosperity for India until its regime is crushed.

5 Captain not so obvious June 18, 2017 at 10:27 am

…by Brazil of course 🙂

6 Thiago Ribeiro June 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

If necessary (Brazil must at least retake the lost territories in India China and South America). However, I believe the emancipation of India’s toiling masses must be by India’s toiling masses themselves.

7 Kurt Schuler June 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

Tyler, you write that the book is “not published within the traditional network of outlets.” Brill, the book’s publisher, has been in existence since 1683. Get with the program!

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