Concise History of Modern India

ISBN-10: 110767218X
ISBN-13: 9781107672185
Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 362
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

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'.

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, 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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