about the book

Why are Bangladesh and the neighboring state of West Bengal home to some of the world's poorest people when the region was once legendary for its agricultural abundance? This book explores the region's agricultural performance from 1949 to 1980 using demographic, technological and institutional determinants.

Winner of the 1990 Edgar Graham Book Prize

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Praise for agrarian impasse in bengal

“A powerful demonstration of the ways in which relations of production have fettered the forces of production.”

— Sugata Bose, Journal of Asian Studies