A Concise History of India

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In a challenging new history of modern India, the authors explore the imaginative and institutional structures that have changed and sustained the country. While previous histories have been composed as handmaids of British nationalism or as products of emerging nationalist identities, this book challenges the notion that a continuous meaning can be applied to social categories such as "caste," "Hindu," "Muslim," or even "India,". An initial chapter focuses on the period of Muslim dynasties that preceded colonial conquest, while the final chapter analyzes the dramatic recent events of the 1990s, including economic change, religious nationalism and India's emergence as a nuclear power. Illustrations and quotations from historical sources are integral to the narrative. Thomas R. Metcalf is Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. His previous books inlcude An Imperial Vision (California, 1989) and Ideologies of the Raj (Cambridge, 1997). Barbara Metcalf is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. She is the editor of Making Muslim Space in North America (University of California Press, 1996).

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Sultans Mughals and precolonial Indian society
Mughal twilight the emergence of regional states and the East India Company
The East India Company Raj 17721850
Revolt the modern state and colonized subjects 18481885
Civil society colonial constraints 18851919
The crisis of the colonial order reform disillusionment division 19191939
The 1940s triumph and tragedy
Congress Raj democracy and development 19501989
Democratic India in the nineties coalitions class community consumers and conflict
Biographical notes
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Barbara D. Metcalf is Professor in the Department of History, University of California, Davis. Her publications include Islamic Revival in British India (1982) and, more recently, Making Muslim Space in North America and Europe (1996). Thomas R. Metcalf is Professor of History and Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Ideologies of the Raj (1994, 1997), and An Imperial Vision: Indian Architecture and Britain's Raj (1989).