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A concise history of India
Metcalf, Barbara Daly, 1941-
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

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xxiii, 321 pages : illustrations, maps 23 cm.
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DS461 .M47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In a challenging new history of modern India, the authors explore the imaginative and institutional structures that have changed and sustained the country. While previous histories have been composed as handmaids of British nationalism or as products of emerging nationalist identities, this book challenges the notion that a continuous meaning can be applied to social categories such as "caste," "Hindu," "Muslim," or even "India,". An initial chapter focuses on the period of Muslim dynasties that preceded colonial conquest, while the final chapter analyzes the dramatic recent events of the 1990s, including economic change, religious nationalism and India's emergence as a nuclear power. Illustrations and quotations from historical sources are integral to the narrative. Thomas R. Metcalf is Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. His previous books inlcude An Imperial Vision (California, 1989) and Ideologies of the Raj (Cambridge, 1997). Barbara Metcalf is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. She is the editor of Making Muslim Space in North America (University of California Press, 1996).

Author Notes

Barbara D. Metcalf is a Professor in the Department of History, University of California, Davis
Thomas R. Metcalf is Professor of History and Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. xiii
Glossaryp. xix
1 Sultans, Mughals, and pre-colonial Indian societyp. 1
2 Mughal twilight: the emergence of regional states and the East India Companyp. 28
3 The East India Company Raj, 1772-1850p. 55
4 Revolt, the modern state, and colonized subjects, 1848-1885p. 91
5 Civil society, colonial constraints, 1885-1919p. 123
6 The crisis of the colonial order: reform, disillusionment, division, 1919-1939p. 165
7 The 1940s: triumph and tragedyp. 200
8 Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950-1989p. 227
9 Democratic India in the nineties: coalitions, class, community, consumers, and conflictp. 260
Biographical notesp. 296
Bibliographic essayp. 301
Indexp. 312