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A Concise History of Modern India

A Concise History of Modern India

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521863629

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  • In a second edition of their successful Concise History of Modern India, Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf explore India's modern history afresh and update the events of the last decade. These include the takeover of Congress from the seemingly entrenched Hindu nationalist party in 2004, India's huge advances in technology and the country's new role as a major player in world affairs. From the days of the Mughals, through the British Empire, and into Independence, the country has been transformed by its institutional structures. It is these institutions which have helped bring about the social, cultural and economic changes that have taken place over the last half century and paved the way for the modern success story. Despite these advances, poverty, social inequality and religious division still fester. In response to these dilemmas, the book grapples with questions of caste and religious identity, and the nature of the Indian nation.

    • Second edition of a colourful account of India from the Mughals to the end of the twentieth century
    • Updated with a new chapter on the 1990s and an epilogue that includes the Congress victory of 2004 and the rise of India's high-tech industry
    • Lavishly illustrated and accessibly written, the book will appeal to anyone interested in India
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521863629
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 145 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.618kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the first edition
    1. Sultans, Mughals and pre-colonial Indian society
    2. Mughal twilight: the emergence of regional states and the East India Company
    3. The East India Company Raj, 1772–1850
    4. Revolt, the modern state and colonized subjects, 1848–1885
    5. Civil society, colonial constraints, 1885–1919
    6. The crisis of the colonial order, 1919–1939
    7. The 1940s: triumph and tragedy
    8. Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950–1989
    9. Democratic India in the nineties: coalitions, class, community, consumers and conflict
    Epilogue: a new century begins
    Biographical notes
    Bibliographic essay

  • Authors

    Barbara D. Metcalf, University of California, Davis
    Barbara Metcalf is Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her publications include Islamic Revival in British India (1982) and Islamic Contestations: Essays on Muslims in India and Pakistan (2004) .

    Thomas R. Metcalf, University of California, Berkeley
    Thomas Metcalf is Emeritus Professor of History and Emeritus Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent publications include Ideologies of the Raj (2004) and Forging the Raj: Essays on British India in the Heyday of Empire (2005).

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