Essays in Indian History

Towards a Marxist Perception


(First published in 1995)


x+ 382 pages

8.5x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 978-81-89487-88-1

Rs 350

(For sale in India and South Asia only)

Irfan Habib

This collection brings together, for the first time, several seminal essays by Professor Irfan Habib interpreting the main currents in Indian history from a Marxist perspective. They cover a wide range of issues: the nature of evolution of caste through the centuries, the role played by the peasantry in Indian history, the forms of class struggle and the stage of development of the economy in Mughal India, the impact of colonialism on the Indian economy, the changes in Marx’s perceptions of India, the problems of Marxist historiography. Representing three decades of scholarship, each essay in this collection is painstakingly researched and unfailingly stimulating.

Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History, Aligarh Muslim University, is author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India, 1556–1707(1963; 2nd rev. edn, 1999), and An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982). He has also authored Prehistory (2001), The Indus Civilization (2002) and Indian Economy, 1858–1914 (2006), and co-authored The Vedic Age (2003) and Mauryan India (2004), in the series of monographs on a People’s History of India.


Irfan Habib’s stature as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of modern Indian historians, stands secure. The essays gathered together in this volume show why this judgement is correct.

– Indian Review of Books

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