Nehru: A Political Life

Nehru: A Political Life

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by Judith M. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300092792

ISBN-13: 9780300092790

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

The first prime minister of India after independence from British rule, Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) was a major architect of India as a nation state. His dedication to politics led to imprisonment under British rule, a deeply disturbed family life, and eventually to nearly two decades in power during which he ceaselessly pursued his vision of a transformed and…  See more details below

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The first prime minister of India after independence from British rule, Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) was a major architect of India as a nation state. His dedication to politics led to imprisonment under British rule, a deeply disturbed family life, and eventually to nearly two decades in power during which he ceaselessly pursued his vision of a transformed and democratic India. This compelling biography depicts the phases of Nehru's life and shows how each phase reflected new developments in Indian politics. Drawing on new sources including Nehru's post-1947 papers which have not been accessible before, Judith M. Brown offers the most complete and penetrating account of Nehru yet written. Casting new light on both the public and private Nehru, the book also provides an array of insights into the history of India's nationalist movement and international standing, and into the complexities of constructing a new nation state in the aftermath of imperial rule."A superb book. Judith Brown catches the spirit of Nehru's times as well as his own tribulations and achievements."-Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin

Author Biography: Judith M. Brown is Beit Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Oxford, and professorial fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300092790
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary
Introduction1
Pt. 1An Imperial Heritage, 1889-19207
1India and the British Raj: Opportunity and Challenge9
2The Young Nehru: Privilege and Promise30
3The Turning Point50
Pt. 2The Ambiguities of Mass Nationalism, 1920-193963
4The Making of a Politician65
5A Radical Bound, 1926-3181
6Whither India?104
7Isolation120
Pt. 3The Tragedies of an Imperial Ending, 1939-1948137
8The Experience of War, 1939-1945139
9The Experience of Independence, 1945-1948157
Pt. 4Founding a Nation, 1948-1956183
10Imagining the Nation185
11Structuring the Nation203
12Forging the Nation223
13Creating an International Identity244
Pt. 5Frustration of Vision, 1957-1964273
14The Realities of Democratic Leadership275
15A New India?299
16The Erosion of Authority316
Conclusion338
AppElections in India, 1952-1962346
Notes349
Bibliography392
Index399

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