By Arundhati Roy
First released in 2001, this ebook brings jointly all of Arundhati Roy's political writings thus far. This revised paperback version comprises new essays, written in early 2002: 'Democracy: who is She whilst She's no longer at Home', which examines the awful communal violence in Gujarat, and 'War speak: summer time video games with Nuclear Bombs', concerning the probability of nuclear conflict within the Subcontinent
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Pp. 93–94. See Sieferle, Transportgeschichte im internationalen Vergleich, pp. 18ff. 7 We have seen that the size of India and Europe, as deﬁned earlier, is broadly comparable. Although surprising from a contemporary perspective, the same is roughly true for the size of their populations, too, even though here the picture is naturally more ﬂuid. In 1700, about 165 million people lived in the Indian subcontinent. Non-Russian-speaking Europe had a population of 120 million, and thus slightly fewer inhabitants.
This, in turn, initiated widespread peasant revolts that added to an ever-more rebellious climate in a situation of already decaying political stability. After Aurangzeb’s death, the short succession of weak Mughal emperors aggravated the situation further and led to a rapid erosion of Mughal central power. In the 1730s, the Marathas raided both Delhi, the Mughal capital, and Surat, which subsequently lost, within a few decades, its role as the great port of the empire. While Mughal power was rapidly diminishing, a struggle of regional powers for supremacy over parts of India emerged, with the Afghans, the Marathas, and several Mughal governors being the main contenders.
20 The Great Divergence Reconsidered integration started before 1800 – in the eighteenth century in particular – or whether this really was a nineteenth-century phenomenon. On the other hand, there is the disagreement, very prominent in the Great Divergence debate, about whether Europe pulled ahead of the rest of the world economically before or after 1800, or before or during the Industrial Revolution. Second, notwithstanding the debate about the dividing line of 1800, most scholars would agree that the reach of the market in the late seventeenth century, in most parts of the world, was local or regional.
Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy