Abstract

The aim of my research is to examine the history of casual labour employed on public works from 1840-1914 in the North-Western Provinces. By analyzing the political economy of colonialism and discussing its policies on public works during famine and non-famine times, my research aims to study methods of recruitment, conditions and nature of work. Using insights from theories of colonial economic development, it examines the relationships between the state, the private employers and labour

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