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Concise History of Modern India

ISBN-10: 0521682258
ISBN-13: 9780521682251
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Thomas R. Metcalf,Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is author ofForging the Raj, Ideologies of the Raj,An Imperial Vision: Indian Architecture,andBritain's Raj(UC Press), and, with Barbara Daly Metcalf,A Concise History of Modern India.

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: reform, disillusionment, division, 1919 1939
The 1940s: triumph and tragedy
Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950 1989
Democratic India in the nineties: coalitions, class, community, consumers, and conflict
Epilogue
Biographical notes
Bibliographic essay
Index

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