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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2Society, Institutions, and Development$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.001.0001

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Pondering Poverty, Fighting Famines

Pondering Poverty, Fighting Famines

Towards A New History Of Economic Ideas

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(p.425) Chapter 22 Pondering Poverty, Fighting Famines
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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2
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Sugata Bose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.003.0023

This chapter investigates the history of economic ideas in colonial India, with particular reference to poverty and famines. It travels on an intellectual path that crosses the borders of the disciplines of history and economics and locates South Asian thinkers in a broad transnational context. Using some of Amartya Sen's insights as points of departure, it places economic developments in modern South Asia in the vortex of the cosmopolitan thought zones having a global scope. It traces the process by which the question of poverty and famines was turned into a subject of history and political economy rather than one belonging to the ancient and natural order of things.

Keywords:   poverty, famines, political economy, development, intellectual history, colonialism, nationalism

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