*The Company introduced the Permanent Settlement. By the terms of the settlement, the rajas and taluqdars were recognised as zamindars, and the amount to be paid to the Company was fixed permanently.
*The British forced cultivators to produce crops of their demand, like indigo and opium.
*Indigo production collapsed in Bengal as thousands of ryots rebelled.
*The East India Company became the Diwan of Bengal in 1765, but it still saw itself primarily as a trader.
*Discuss how growth of new crops often disrupted the rhythms of peasant life and led to revolts
*Provide a broad view of changes within rural society through a focus on two contrasting regions
*Show the continuities and changes with earlier societies
*Colonial policies towards Indian agriculture their effect on peasants and landlords
*Growth of commercial crops; peasant revolts: focus on indigo rebellions
*Regional focus: Bengal and Bihar, some comparison with later developments in Punjab