Empire meets globalisation: Explaining historical patterns of inequity in South Asia

David Ludden

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    Recent decades of globalisation provide a new starting point for the study of south Asia by highlighting critical hunnan issues that force history into the present and generate new productive conversations between history and social science. One fundamental issue is the increasing inequality in wealth and control over hunnan resources, globally and in south Asia. Economic policy regimes in the contemporary world resemble those of laissez-faire imperalism of a century ago more than national state planning regimes that prevailed from the 1950s into the 1980s. it is argued that the long histories of imperial modernity have organised the world of capitalism in which nationalism has carried the inequity of empire into the heart and soul of south Asia.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)213-221
    Number of pages9
    JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
    Issue number30
    StatePublished - Jul 28 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Sociology and Political Science


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