Changing India: Bourgeois Revolution on the Subcontinent

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 26, 2003 - History - 250 pages
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The revised edition of Robert Stern's book brings India's story up to date. Since its original publication in 1993, much has altered and yet central to the author's argument remains his belief in the remarkable continuity and vitality of India's social systems and its resilience in the face of change. This is a colourful, readable and comprehensive introduction to modern India. In a journey through its family households and villages, the author explains its long-lived and little understood caste and class systems, its venerable faiths and extraordinary ethnic diversity, its history as 'the jewel in the crown' of British imperialism and its post-Independence career as a major agricultural and industrial nation. While paradoxes abound in an India which is constantly transforming, Stern demonstrates how and why it remains the largest and most enduring democracy in the developing world.
  

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Contents

Families and villages
35
Caste
56
Class
88
Homelands and states
107
Change from above
129
British imperialism Indian nationalism and Muslim separatism
131
The Indian Union in a changing India
171
Major political events in the related histories of British imperialism and Indian nationalism 18581947
217
Major political events in the history of the Indian Union 19472002
220
Notes
224
Guide to further reading
232
Index
245
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Robert W. Stern has written extensively on South Asia. His publications include Democracy and Dictatorship in South Asia: Dominant Classes and Political Outcomes in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (2000).

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