A Concise History of Modern India

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 24, 2012 - History - 326 pages
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A Concise History of Modern India, by Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, has become a classic in the field since it was first published in 2001. As a fresh interpretation of Indian history from the Mughals to the present, it has informed students across the world. In the third edition of the book, a final chapter charts the dramatic developments of the last twenty years, from 1990 through the Congress electoral victory of 2009, to the rise of the Indian high-tech industry in a country still troubled by poverty and political unrest. The narrative focuses on the fundamentally political theme of the imaginative and institutional structures that have successively sustained and transformed India, first under British colonial rule and then, after 1947, as an independent country. Woven into the larger political narrative is an account of India's social and economic development, and its rich cultural life. Throughout, the authors argue that despite a powerful historiographical tradition to the contrary, no enduring meaning can be given to categories such as 'caste', 'Hindu', 'Muslim', or even 'India'.

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Sultans Mughals and precolonial Indian society
The emergence of regional states and the East India
The East India Company Raj 17721850
Revolt the modern state and colonized subjects 184 81885
Civil society colonial constraints 18851919
The crisis of the colonial order 19191939
Triumph and tragedy
Democracy and development 19501989 23 1
Prosperity poverty power 26 5
Biographical notes
Bibliographic essay 3 01
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Barbara D. Metcalf is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Davis. Her publications include Islamic Revival in British India (1982) and Islamic Contestations: Essays on Muslims in India and Pakistan (2004).

Thomas R. Metcalf is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Ideologies of the Raj (1995), Forging the Raj: Essays on British India in the Heydey of Empire (2005) and Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1870 920 (2007).

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