This study aims to contribute to research on early British Indian economic history, in particular to agararian history, in the framework of the colonial transformation of Indian agriculture. It is organized in three large sections. The first part investigates the general political background and British treatment of the Nawab of Awadh after the Battle of Plassey and centres upon the financial organization of the annexed areas. The second section on ecological principles aims to prepare the ground for the third part. The third section handles the Central Doab`s agrarian history from the end of the eighteenth century until 1850 with particular reference to deforestation and the associated consequences for the region`s agricultural development during the course of the nineteenth century.
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