The economic transformation of South Asia over the last two decades has been rapid and wide-ranging. A larger perspective on the history of economic life in modern South Asia can help to illuminate the roots of the region's recent economic growth, as well as the persistence of poverty and inequality.

A major constraint to writing new histories of economic life in South Asia is the fragility, absence, or inaccessibility of archival material. This website presents an inventory of sources on the history of economic life in South Asia: sources that are scattered, some of them little used, many of them endangered. It is based on the recent work of scholars within and outside South Asia. It categorizes and identifies a potentially vast range of material—from government archives at the national, state, and local levels, to private papers, legal sources, and the archives of architecture and photography.

This project is based at the Cambridge Centre for History and Economics, and has been made possible by generous support from INET.