Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 253 pages
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"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, and cover the entire spectrum of modern South Asian history - social, economic, and political. 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 the lines of caste, class, community and gender, the different strands of anti-colonial nationalism and the dynamics of decolonization." "This new second edition has been updated throughout to take account of recent historical research. It brings the story up to date and offers new insights on the last millennium in subcontinental history. There is a new chronology of key events."--Jacket.
 

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Contents

South Asian history an introduction
1
Modernity and antiquity interpretations of ancient India
8
Premodern accommodations of difference the making of IndoIslamic cultures
17
The Mughal empire state economy and society
27
India between empires decline or decentralization?
38
The transition to colonialism resistance and collaboration
45
The first century of British rule 1757 to 1857 state and economy
53
Company raj and Indian society 1757 to 1857 reinvention and reform of tradition
60
The Depression decade society economics and politics
120
Nationalism and colonialism during World War II and its aftermath economic crisis and political confrontation
128
The partition of India and the creation of Pakistan
135
1947 memories and meanings
157
Postcolonial South Asia state and economy society and politics 1947 to 1971
167
Postcolonial South Asia state and economy society and politics 1971 to 2003
182
Decolonizing South Asian history a view from the new millennium
201
Glossary
207

1857 rebellion collaboration and the transition to crown raj
70
High noon of colonialism 1858 to 1914 state and political economy
78
A nation in making? Rational reform religious revival and swadeshi nationalism 1858 to 1914
86
Colonialism under siege state and political economy after World War I
102
Ganghian nationalism and mass politics in the 1920s
109
A chronological outline
211
Select bibliography and notes
215
Index
243
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