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Changing India

Changing India
Bourgeois Revolution on the Subcontinent

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009126

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About the Authors
  • Although much has changed since the first edition's original publication, Robert Stern retains his belief in the remarkable continuity of India's institutions. This comprehensive introduction to modern India covers its caste and class systems; venerable faiths and extraordinary ethnic diversity; imperial past and post-Independence contribution to the global economy. Stern demonstrates throughout this study why India remains the most enduring democracy in the developing world. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-42105-5 First Edition Pb (1993); 0-521-42106-3

    • A thoroughly revised edition which brings India's story up to date
    • Readable, comprehensive and challenging introduction to the paradoxes which are India at the beginning of the twenty-first century
    • A central feature of the book is the author's belief in India's resilience in the face of change
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Reviews of the first edition: 'This small volume contains some of the most intelligent writing on contemporary India that one is likely to encounter … Responsible for this success … is a sustained narrative of the 'bourgeois revolution' that (Stern) sees going on, and also an engaging register of language and argument.' Burton Stein, South Asia Research

    'The considerable achievement of this book is to explain so much so clearly and so briefly.' R. K. Newman, International Affairs

    '… a florid and highly readable account … addressing the non-specialist reader interested in South Asia, the book casts a cheerful light upon the variegated fabric of India's social institutions and traces the recent history of their evolution … this book is an ideal introduction for anyone seeking to understand 'the extraordinary emergence of India as a lively, genuine and stable parliamentary democracy … despite the ravages of time and circumstance … a brilliant achievement indeed. A most enjoyable read.' The Round Table

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009126
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 3 maps 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: change, the societies of India and Indian society
    Part I. The Changing Countryside:
    1. Families and villages
    2. Varna, jati and caste, Muslim quasi castes and untouchability
    3. Class: primordial group representation, stimuli-response and patron–client relationships
    4. Homelands, 'linguistic', 'tribal' and 'regional' states: nation provinces and bourgeois revolution
    Part II. Change from Above:
    5. British imperialism, Indian nationalism and Muslim separatism
    6. Political and economic development in the Indian Union and its international politics.

  • Author

    Robert W. Stern, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Robert W. Stern has written extensively on South Asia. His publications include Democracy and Dictatorship in South Asia: Dominant Classes and Political Outcomes in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (2000).

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