"Tomlinson's extremely competent book lays out the main strands of this new work (to which he has made his own significant contributions) and draws them together into a relatively coherent whole that is remarkably lucid and satisfyingly undoctrinaire." Morris David Morris, Economic Development and Cultural Change
"...a book of interest not only to South Asianists but also, as Tomlinson points out, to anyone interested in a case study of the difficulties of achieving economic growth and the terrible penalties of misdirected economic policies....Tomlinson provides the reader with a sobering perspective." Blair B. Kling, American Historical Review
"...Tomlinson's arguments...are always engaging...Tomlinson skillfully demonstrates the impact on India of periodic fluctuations in the world capitalist economy from 1824 to 1945 and believes these events largely determined the shape of modern India...required reading for any serious student of India's economy and India's place in development theory." Marc Jason Gilbert, Journal of Developing Areas
In this book, Dr. B. R. Tomlinson presents the first comprehensive and interpretative account of the history of economic growth and change in colonial and postcolonial India. He draws together and expands upon the specialist literature dealing with imperialism, development and underdevelopment, and the historical processes of change in agriculture, trade and manufacture, the relations among business, the economy and the state, including the process of planning after Independence and the coming of the "green revolution."