Social Scientist. v 11, no. 127 (Dec 1983) p. 34.

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43 Robinson, A Descriptive Account of Assam^ Calcutta/London, 1841, p 317. Fora detailed discussion, see our article in Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol 1, n 3, pp 480-485.

44 Dang Nghien Van, n 19, pp 173-175.

45 Engels, n 1, p 279. Continues Engels on the same page:

"But in order that these antagonisms, classes with conflicting economic interests, might not consume themselves and society in sterile struggle, a power seemingly standing above society became necessary for the purpose of moderating the conflict, of keeping it within the bounds of 'order'; and this power, arisen out of society; but placing itself above it, and increasingly alienating itself from it, is the state."

46 Some of our arguments highlighting the role of trade and crafts as well as religion

and the feudal content of the Ahom policy were first spelt out in my papers listed \ in footnote 3 above. These may be referred to for futher details.

47 Guha(1974), n 3.

48 This phase is discussed in my '''Neo-VaishnaviMii to Insurgency: A Study of tlie Peasant Uprisings in 18th Century Assam", in Ashok Mitra (ed), Oppression and Resistance: Essays in Honour of Samar Sen^ Orient Longman, forthcoming. For a different assessment of the uprisings, see Maheswar Neog, So do-Political Events in Assam Leading to the Militancy on the Mayamariya Vaisnava, Calcutta, Centre for Social Science Studies, 1982.

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