Subalterns and Raj presents a unique introductory history of India with an account that begins before the period of British rule, and pursues the continuities within that history up to the present day. Its coverage ranges from Mughal India to post-independence Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, with a focus on the 'ordinary' people of India and South Asia.
Subalterns and Raj examines overlooked issues in Indian social history and highlights controversies between historians. Taking an iconoclastic approach to the elites of South Asia since independence, it is critical of the colonial regime that went before them.
This book is a stimulating and controversial read and, with a detailed guide to further reading and end-of-chapter bibliographies, it is an excellent guide for all students of the Indian subcontinent.
'A remarkable accomplishment - a survey that is very accessible but nevertheless thoughtful, deeply argumentative, and marked by several critical insights ... The book is remarkably appropriate as a provocation with which to teach modern South Asia history.' - Journal of Asian Studies
'It is widely acknowledged that Crispin Bates' Subalterns and Raj ranks among the best general overviews of South Asian history since the turn of the millennium.' - Michael Mann, South Asian's Modern History: Thematic Perspectives (Routledge, 2015), p. 11.
|List of figures||p. vii|
|List of maps||p. ix|
|History, society and culture of the Indian subcontinent||p. 1|
|The decline of Mughal India and rise of European dominion||p. 22|
|Social and economic change in the early nineteenth century and the 'era of reform'||p. 41|
|Peasant resistance, rebellion and the uprising of 1857||p. 56|
|Zenith of empire: economic and social conditions in the late nineteenth century||p. 80|
|Revivalist and reform movements in the late nineteenth century||p. 93|
|The Swadeshi and Ghadar movements||p. 107|
|Aftermath of the First World War and M.K. Gandhi's rise to power||p. 121|
|Non-co-operation and civil disobedience, 1920-39||p. 135|
|Quit India and partition, 1939-47||p. 155|
|Pakistan and Bangladesh, post-1947||p. 181|
|The Nehruvian era||p. 212|
|Indira Gandhi: progress, poverty and authoritarian rule||p. 228|
|Local patriotism and centre-state relations||p. 239|
|Rajiv Gandhi and the demise of the Congress system||p. 260|
|Colonial and post-colonial Sri Lanka: the dilemmas of national identity||p. 279|
|Neo-nationalism and the challenge of democracy||p. 298|
|South Asia in the new millennium||p. 313|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 24th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1