Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy / Edition 1

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Jointly written by two leading Indian and Pakistani historians, this edition of Modern South Asia offers a rare depth of historical understanding of the politics, cultures and economies that shape the lives of more than a fifth of humanity. After sketching the pre-modern history of the sub-continent, the book concentrates on the last three centuries.

This second edition has been updated throughout to take account of recent historical research. It includes an expanded section on post-independence with a completely new chapter on the period from 1991 to the present, a chapter on the last millennium in subcontinental history and a new chronology of key events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415169523
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 South Asian history: an introduction 1
2 Modernity and antiquity: interpretations of ancient India 8
3 Pre-modern accommodations of difference: the making of Indo-Islamic cultures 17
4 The Mughal empire: state, economy and society 27
5 Indian between empires: decline or decentralization? 38
6 The transition to colonialism: resistance and collaboration 45
7 The first century of British rule, 1757 to 1857: state and economy 53
8 Company raj and Indian society, 1757 to 1857: reinvention and reform of 'tradition' 60
9 1857: rebellion, collaboration and the transition to crown raj 70
10 High noon of colonialism, 1858 to 1914: state and political economy 78
11 A nation in making? 'Rational' reform, 'religious' revival and swadeshi nationalism, 1858 to 1914 86
12 Colonialism under siege: state and political economy after World War I 102
13 Gandhian nationalism and mass politics in the 1920s 109
14 The Depression decade: society, economics and politics 120
15 Nationalism and colonialism during World War II and its aftermath: economic crisis and political confrontation 128
16 The partition of India and the creation of Pakistan 135
17 1947: memories and meanings 157
18 Post-colonial South Asia: state and economy, society and politics, 1947 to 1971 167
19 Post-colonial South Asia: state and economy, society and politics, 1971 to 2003 182
20 Decolonizing South Asian history: a view from the new millennium 201
Glossary 207
A chronological outline 211
Select bibliography and notes 215
Index 243
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