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Subalterns and Raj : South Asia since 1600 - Crispin Bates

Subalterns and Raj

South Asia since 1600

Paperback Published: 24th September 2007
ISBN: 9780415214841
Number Of Pages: 404

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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.

Industry Reviews

'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 figuresp. vii
List of mapsp. ix
Prefacep. x
History, society and culture of the Indian subcontinentp. 1
The decline of Mughal India and rise of European dominionp. 22
Social and economic change in the early nineteenth century and the 'era of reform'p. 41
Peasant resistance, rebellion and the uprising of 1857p. 56
Zenith of empire: economic and social conditions in the late nineteenth centuryp. 80
Revivalist and reform movements in the late nineteenth centuryp. 93
The Swadeshi and Ghadar movementsp. 107
Aftermath of the First World War and M.K. Gandhi's rise to powerp. 121
Non-co-operation and civil disobedience, 1920-39p. 135
Quit India and partition, 1939-47p. 155
Pakistan and Bangladesh, post-1947p. 181
The Nehruvian erap. 212
Indira Gandhi: progress, poverty and authoritarian rulep. 228
Local patriotism and centre-state relationsp. 239
Rajiv Gandhi and the demise of the Congress systemp. 260
Colonial and post-colonial Sri Lanka: the dilemmas of national identityp. 279
Neo-nationalism and the challenge of democracyp. 298
South Asia in the new millenniump. 313
Glossaryp. 326
Notesp. 333
Bibliographyp. 346
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9780415214841
ISBN-10: 041521484X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 24th September 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.88  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1