South Asia

  • Tirthankar Roy
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


This chapter outlines two competing ways of studying the economic history of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. One of these starts from the premise that this is a geographically diverse landmass, home to an unequal and hierarchical society, ethnically very mixed, and an area that was never politically integrated until the late nineteenth century. The other says that no matter the diversity, scholars can still find an average to represent the whole region. The discussion concludes with advice on how not to study this world region.

JEL Classification

N01 N15 N35 N95 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tirthankar Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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