Labour, Class and Culture: Essays on Indian History

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Overview

Raj Chandavarkar was one of the finest Indian historians of the twentieth century. He died sadly young in 2006, leaving behind a very substantial collection of unpublished lectures, papers and articles. These have now been assembled and edited by Jennifer Davis, Gordon Johnson and David Washbrook, and their appearance will be widely welcomed by large numbers of scholars of Indian history, politics and society. The essays centre around three major themes: the city of Bombay, Indian politics and society, and Indian historiography. Each manifests Dr Chandavarkar's hallmark historical powers of imaginative empirical richness, analytic acuity and expository elegance, and the collection as a whole will make both a major contribution to the historiography of modern India, and a worthy memorial to a major scholar.
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"...the volume as a whole provides an original reading of South Asian history." -Gyan Prakash, American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521768719
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Raj Chandavarkar was one of the finest and most imaginative Indian historians of the twentieth century.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Bombay's perennial modernities; 3. Sewers; 4. Peasants and proletarians in Bombay City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; 5. State and society in colonial India; 6. Religion and nationalism in India; 7. From neighbourhood to nation: the rise and fall of the left in Bombay's Girangaon in the twentieth century; 8. Historians and the nation; 9. Urban history and urban anthropology in South Asia; 10. Aspects of the historiography of labour in India; 11. Post-script; 12. Bibliography.
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