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A Concise History of Modern India

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9781107672185

ISBN10:
110767218X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/31/2012
Publisher(s):
Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

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'.

Table of Contents

Sultans, Mughals, and pre-colonial Indian society
Mughal twilight: the emergence of regional states and the East India Company
The East India Company Raj, 1772-1850
Revolt, the modern state, and colonized subjects, 1848-1885
Civil society, colonial constraints, 1885-1919
The crisis of the colonial order, 1919-1939
The 1940s: triumph and tragedy
Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950-1989
Democratic India at the turn of the Millennium: prosperity, poverty, power
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