Subalterns and Raj: South Asia Since 1600

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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.

 

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Contents

1 History Society and Culture of the Indian Subcontinent
1
2 The Decline of Mughal India and Rise of European Dominion
22
3 Social and Economic Change in the Early Nineteenth Century and the Era of Reform
41
4 Peasant Resistance Rebellion and the Uprising of 1857
56
Economic and Social Conditions in the late Nineteenth Century
80
6 Revivalist and Reform Movements in the late Nineteenth Century
93
7 The Swadeshi and Ghadar Movements
107
8 Aftermath of the First World War and MK Gandhis rise to Power
121
Progress Poverty and Authoritarian Rule
228
14 Local Patriotism and CentreState Relations
239
15 Rajiv Gandhi and the Demise of the Congress System
260
The Dilemmas of National Identity
279
17 NeoNationalism and the Challenge of Democracy
298
18 South Asia in the New Millennium
313
Glossary
326
Notes
333

9 NoncoOperation and Civil Disobedience 192039
135
10 Quit India and Partition 193947
155
11 Pakistan and Bangladesh Post1947
181
12 The Nehruvian Era
212
Bibliography
346
Index
391
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Crispin Bates is Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on tribal, peasant and labour history in India and the history of Indian overseas migration. His publications include Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600 (2007); (with Subho Basu) Rethinking Indian Political Institutions (2005), Beyond Representation: Constructions of Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial India (2005), and (with Alpa Shah) Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India (2014). Between 2006 and 2008, he was the Principal Investigator in a major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded research project concerning the Indian Uprising, based at the University of Edinburgh.

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