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Prasannan Parthasarathi


Prasannan Parthasarathi

Telephone: 617-552-1579

Office: Stokes Hall S323



Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992

Fields of Interest

Modern South Asian history; global history; labor history; economic history; environmental history

Academic Profile

Professor Parathasarathi joined the faculty in the fall of 1998. He teaches courses on modern South Asia, global history, and environmental history. He is now engaged in a study of environmental change, agriculture, and labor in nineteenth-century South India. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Dibner Institute and the American Council for Learned Societies. He is a senior editor of International Labor and Working Class History and serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Textile History, the Medieval History Journal, and the American Historical Review.

Representative Publications

  • Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence 1600-1850 (Cambridge, 2011) - Received the Jerry Bentley Book Prize of the World History Association and was named a Choice magazine outstanding academic title
  • The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 (Oxford, 2009)
  • "The State of Indian Social History," Journal of Social History (2003)
  • "The Great Divergence," Past and Present (August 2002)
  • The Transition to A Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800 (Cambridge, 2001)
  • "Rethinking Wages and Competitiveness in the Eighteenth Century: Britain and South India," Past and Present (1998)