Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 272 pages
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The South Asian subcontinent is home to nearly a billion people and has been the site of fierce historical contestation. It is a panoply of languages and religions with a rich and complex history and culture.
Drawing on the newest and most sophisticated historical research and scholarship in the field, Modern South Asia is written in an accessible style for all those with an intellectual curiosity about the region. After sketching the pre-modern history of the subcontinent, the book concentrates on the last three centuries from c.1700 to the present. Jointly written by two leading Indian and Pakistani historians, it offers a rare depth of historical understanding of the politics, cultures and economies that shape the lives of more than a fifth of humanity.
In this comprehensive study, the authors debate and challenge the striking developments in contemporary South Asian history and historical writing. The book provides new insights into the structure and ideology of the British raj, the meaning of subaltern resistance, the refashioning of social relations along lines of caste, class, community and gender, the different strands of anti-colonial nationalism and the dynamics of decolonization.
This book is a work of synthesis and interpretation covering the entire spectrum of modern South Asian history - social, economic and political. The authors offer an understanding of this startegically and economically vital part of the world.

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Review: Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy

User Review  - Brigdh - Goodreads

Very well-done, insightful examination of South Asian history, with a focus on the 1800s and 1900s. I particularly liked how the authors examined parallels and similarities between India, Pakistan ... Read full review

Review: Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy

User Review  - Zack - Goodreads

This short volume provides a synthesis of modern South Asian political (and to a lesser extent social) history and a light survey of the historiography/debates. As such, it's better suited for those ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. Her books include "Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia," "Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam since 1850," and "The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan.

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