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A concise history of India
Metcalf, Barbara Daly, 1941-
Publication Information:
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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Two distinguished historians, Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf, come together to write a new and accessible account of modern India. The narrative, which charts the history of India from the Mughals, through the colonial encounter and independence, to the present day, challenges imperialist notions of an unchanging and monolithic India bounded by tradition and religious hierarchies. Instead the book reveals a complex society which is constantly transforming and reinventing itself in response to political and social challenges. The book is beautifully composed and richly illustrated. It will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand India, her turbulent past and her present uncertainties.

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