The History, Antiquities, Topography, and Statistics of Eastern India 3 Volume Set

The History, Antiquities, Topography, and Statistics of Eastern India 3 Volume Set : In Relation to their Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, Fine Arts, Population, Religion, Education, Statistics, etc.

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In 1807, the Directors of the East India Company ordered a survey of the nine districts, covering 60,000 square miles and containing 15,000,000 British subjects, which formed the Eastern territories of British India. In this three-volume work, published in 1838, Irish civil servant and author Robert Montgomery Martin (1801-68) compiled and collated the original survey material at East India House to describe the geography, geology, meteorology, natural history, agriculture and manufactures, population, history, architecture, fine arts, religion and education of this huge area. Martin, the first colonial Treasurer of Hong Kong and author of History of the British Colonies (1834-5), carried out his work to alert the British public to the growing social and political problems he perceived in India. Volume 1 covers Behar (Patna City) and Shahabad, Volume 2 (reissued in two parts), Bhagalpur, Gorakhpur and Dinajpur, and Volume 3, Puraniya (now in Bihar), Rangpur, and Assam.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 2624 pages
  • 243.84 x 332.74 x 187.96mm | 3,742.12g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 84 b/w illus. 10 maps
  • 1108046533
  • 9781108046534

Table of contents

Volume 1: Dedication; Introduction; Book I. Behar and Patna City District: 1. Area, soil, topography, rivers, lakes and marshes. Meteorology, etc.; 2. History, antiquities, temples, ruins, etc.; 3. Topography in divisions, embracing the houses, population, towns, villages, etc.; 4. Inhabitants, their social classification and manners, diseases, habitations, food, condition, religion, education, etc.; 5. Natural productions of the district of Behar and Patna, including the animals, birds, insects, fish, plants, minerals, etc.; 6. Agriculture, cultivated products, rent of land, etc.; 7. Arts, commerce, manufactures, trade, coins, weights and measures, public roads, conveyances, etc.; Book II. District of Shahabad: 1. Area, soil, topography, rivers, lakes and marshes; 2. Topography of the divisions and historical notices; 3. Population, social customs, etc.; 4. Animals, vegetables, minerals, etc. of Shahabad; 5. Agriculture, crops cultivated, harvesting, agricultural implements, assessment of land, leases, etc. in Shahabad; 6. Fine and common arts. Manufactures and profits thereon. Coins, weights and measures, and commerce, etc.; Appendix. Volume 2: Introduction; Book I. District of Bhagulpool: 1. Area, topography, rivers, lakes, and marshes, meteorology, etc.; 2. History, topography, antiquities, etc.; 3. Population, education, religion, manners, and customs; 4. The natural productions of the district of Bhagulpoor; 5. Agriculture, implements, irrigation, cattle, etc.; 6. State of the arts, manufactures, and commerce in Bhagulpoor; Book II. District of Gorukhpoor: 1. Area, topography, rivers, lakes, and marshes, meteorology, etc.; 2. Historical and topographical notices of the district of Gorukhpoor; 3. Topography of the divisions of the country; 4. Population, distinction of classes, manners, diseases, costume, etc.; 5. Natural productions, wild animals, birds, etc., vegetable kingdom; 6. State of agriculture, domestic animals, fences, rents, etc.; 7. State of arts, commerce, manufactures, prices of articles, etc.; Book III. District of Dinajpoor: 1. Geography, area, soil, elevation, rivers, lakes, meteorology, etc.; 2. History of the district of Dinajpoor; 3. Topography, antiquities, etc. of each district of Dinajpoor; 4. Population, manner of living, women, famines, diseases, education, etc.; 5. Religions and sects of the people of Dinajpoor; 6. Natural productions of Dinajpoor; 7. Agriculture, different plants cultivated, etc.; 8. State of arts and commerce in Dinajpoor; 9. Commerce, exports, and imports; Appendix. Volume 3: Introduction; Book I. District of Puraniya: 1. Topography, soil, elevation, rivers, lakes, etc.; 2. History of Puraniya, etc. and topography of each division; 3. Population of the district, etc.; 4. Education, religion, castes, and customs of the people of Puraniya; 5. Natural productions of Puraniya; 6. Agriculture of Puraniiya; 7. Farms, rents, tenures, etc.; 8. Arts, commerce, etc.; Book II. District of Ronggopoor: 1. Extent, general appearance, soil, rivers, meteorology, etc.; 2. General view of the history of Ronggopoor; 3. Topography and antiquities of the divisions of Ronggopoor; 4. On the population of the district, and the causes which operate on its increase or diminution; 5. Condition and manner of living; 6. Natural productions of Ronggopoor; 7. Vegetable kingdom; Book III. District of Assam: 1. Extent, general appearance, soil, rivers, meteorology, etc.; 2. Geographical sketch of Assam in two parts. First part contains the divisions of Assam into, 1. Outerparh. 2. Decanparh. And 3. Majuli, or Great Island. Second part contains the rivers flowing from the 1. Northern Mountains, 2. Southern Mountains, 3. The Berhampooter and its branches; 3. Rivers of Assam; 4. Commerce of Assam, adjacent territories, etc.; 5. Of the Garos; Appendix.
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