No apology is needed for a book of this kind, for books that deal professedly with the economic history of India are, as yet, too few, and any addition to them must indeed be welcome. The book seeks to present a simple and clear account of the economic development of India in its various aspects. Although it naturally covers, for the most part, familiar ground, yet it endeavours to strike a distinctive note of its own, particularly in the arrangement of material, emphasis of important issues, and general perspective. It has been specially designed for the benefit of students of the B. A. Honours and B. A. Degree courses of India Universities, who will find the topical, as distinct from the chronological, treatment of the subject-matter particularly suited to their needs.