From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India
From Plassey to Partition is an eminently readable account of the emergence of India as a nation. It covers about two hundred years of political and socio-economic turbulence. Of particular interest to the contemporary reader will be sections such as Early Nationalism: Discontent and Dissension , Many Voices of a Nation and Freedom with Partition . On the one hand, it converses with students of Indian history and on the other, it engages general and curious readers. Few books on this crucial period of history have captured the rhythms of India s polyphonic nationalism as From Plassey to Partition.
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Crisp and Lucid are the two terms that defines this book. best. Giving a detailed picture of the subcontinent from the inception of British rule till the birth of the sovereign identities of the two nation states. The book is extremely helpful for a comprehensive understanding of the time period it deals with. A well documented sketch on the recent debates of Modern Indian Historiography. However a major shortcoming of the book is it does not deal with a detailed in-depth study of any particular issue but that is obvious given it deals with such a huge time period. If you want to begin with your understanding of 'Modern' India and want to have a broad-overview, this is the book to read.
The Mughal empire in 1707
The regional powers of the eighteenth century
British Empire in India
British India and the princely states c 1904 116117
Reform and Rebellion
Emergence of Indian Nationalism
Discontent and Dissension
the Muslim League
The Age of Gandhian Politics