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The myth of the market: The fall and rise of the Indian economy

Public Lecture: Professor Bishnupriya Gupta

In 1947 India was one of the poorest countries in the world. Did colonial rule lower living standards? Evidence on wages and estimates of per capita GDP from 1600 show that living standards declined absolutely and relatively before colonization and continued to stagnate under British rule. The decline coincided with increased integration with international markets and expansion of the transport network. The high point of prosperity before modern economic growth was in 1600 during the reign of Emperor Akbar and before the rising trade in textiles. Indian growth reversal began in independent India with the policies of regulation of trade and industry. The changing fortunes of the Indian economy had depended on the fortunes of agriculture and public investment in agricultural infrastructure and technology.

The lecture is open to all staff, students and the general public.

CAGE Working Paper 355

Tue 13 February 2018, 11:10 | Tags: public lecture

After the PhD - My PhD experience, by Claire Hui TANG


If you are new to the idea of a PhD in History at Warwick: In your first year, you will need to attend courses and seminars on methodologies and you are encouraged to apply a different approach to your research. It involves extensive reading, but it is totally worthy to spend lot of time on it, it will provide you with a solid foundation for your research. Then, in your second year, you can continue to combine ideas and start to collect data from primary resources. This year, you will routinely have discussions with your supervisor, about more details of your research. I enjoyed a lot of this year, as my supervisor was super-intelligent, she did not teach me what to do or how to do, but tried to inspire me how/what I want to do. It made me realize my potential. In your third year and fourth year, the writing starts, and the pressure increases. But don’t worry, you are not alone. In terms of my best experience so far: my supervisor and other faculty members’ encouragement over these two years. During the four-year study, there were many conferences, workshops, and seminars in the department, where I met other academics in the fields. Just talk to them, you would be surprised how helpful they are.

If I could provide only one piece of advice to future students, that would be, try your best to enjoy your research and graduate school years, enjoy life as student; as they say: it is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Tue 23 January 2018, 12:12 | Tags: Postgraduate

Global Gifts

Global Gifts, edited by Zoltán Biedermann, University College London , Anne Gerritsen, University of Warwick , Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, is now out.

Mon 15 January 2018, 09:35 | Tags: Publication

Call for Submissions - [Global Histories] A student journal

Call for Submissions

Deadline: Jan 1st 2018

Global Histories is a student-run open-access journal based in the MA Global History program at Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin. We are looking for submissions from fellow students across the world for our journal's fifth issue which is to be published in April 2018.

The full details can be found here.

Tue 21 November 2017, 13:27

Micro-Spatial Histories of Global Labour

Micro-Spatial Histories of Global Labour, edited by Christian de Vito and Anne Gerritsen and published by Palgrave, is now out.

Sun 15 October 2017, 10:56 | Tags: Publication

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