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A Concise History of Modern India

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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107026490
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  • 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'.

    • Third edition of classic history of India charts developments across last twenty years since 1990
    • Themes include the emergence of India as a superpower, particularly focusing on the rivalry between India and China
    • Analyzes the economic polarization between the wealthy and those still living in abject poverty
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    'This is a beautifully written book, intended for the smart and engaged general reader of history, as well as students of South Asia. A classic in the field!' Durba Ghosh, Cornell University

    'A Concise History of Modern India is an indispensable guide to Indian history, culture, religion, and politics from the fourteenth century to India's emergence as a major player in information technology and the global economy in the new millennium. Beautifully crafted, lucidly written, and analytically uncompromising this book is invaluable to scholars interested in the rich and contradictory history of the world's largest democracy.' Rochona Majumdar, University of Chicago

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    27th Oct 2014 by Aconcisehistoryofindia

    this book is rich of good history. with my current unit i have found it very educative and has helped in doing my assignments

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107026490
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 52 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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, 1848–85
    5. Civil society, colonial constraints, 1885–1919
    6. The crisis of the colonial order, 1919–39
    7. The 1940s: triumph and tragedy
    8. Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950–89
    9. Democratic India at the turn of the Millennium: prosperity, poverty, power.

  • Authors

    Barbara D. Metcalf, University of California, Davis
    Barbara D. Metcalf is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Davis. 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 R. Metcalf is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include Ideologies of the Raj (1995), Forging the Raj: Essays on British India in the Heydey of Empire (2005) and Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1870–1920 (2007).

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