Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy 5th Edition by Sugata Bose, ISBN-13: 978-1032124186


Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy 5th Edition by Sugata Bose, ISBN-13: 978-1032124186

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  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 5th edition (October 14, 2022)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 322 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1032124180
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1032124186

The fifth edition of Modern South Asia draws on the newest historical research and scholarship in the field to interpret and debate key developments in modern South Asian history and historical writing, covering the diverse spectrum of the subcontinent’s social, economic and political past.

Jointly authored by two leading Indian and Pakistani historians, this definitive study offers a rare depth of historical understanding of the politics, cultures and economies that have shaped the lives of more than a fifth of humanity. This new edition on the 75th anniversary of independence and partition brings the narrative up to the present day, discussing recent events and addressing new themes such as the capture of state power in India by the forces of religious majoritarianism, economic development in the context of the ‘rise’ of Asia and strategic shifts occasioned by the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and China’s increasing role in the region.

Providing fresh insights into the structure and ideology of the British raj, the meaning of subaltern resistance, the refashioning of social relations along lines of caste, class, religion and gender, the different strands of anti-colonial nationalism and the dynamics of decolonization, this is an essential resource for all students of the modern history of South Asia in an Indian Ocean and global context.

Table of Contents:

List of figures
List of maps
Preface to the fifth edition
Preface to the fourth edition
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1 South Asian history: an introduction
2 Modernity and antiquity: interpretations of ancient India
3 Pre-modern accommodations of difference: the making of
Indo-Islamic cultures
4 The Mughal empire: state, economy and society
5 India between empires: decline or decentralization?
6 The transition to colonialism: resistance and collaboration
7 The first century of British rule, 1757 to 1857: state and
8 Company raj and Indian society, 1757 to 1857: re-invention
and reform of tradition
9 1857: rebellion, collaboration and the transition to crown raj
10 High noon of colonialism, 1858 to 1914: state and political
11 A nation in making? ‘Rational’ reform and ‘religious’ revival,
1858 to c. 1900
12 A nation in making: Swadeshi nationalism and
internationalism, 1905–1918
13 Colonialism under siege: state and political economy after
World War I
14 Gandhian nationalism and mass politics in the 1920s
15 The Depression decade: society, economics and politics
16 Nationalism and colonialism during World War II and its
aftermath: economic crisis and political confrontation
17 The partition of India and the creation of Pakistan
18 1947: memories and meanings
19 Post-colonial South Asia: state and economy, society and
politics, 1947 to 1971
20 Post-colonial South Asia: state and economy, society and
politics, 1971 to c. 2000
21 South Asia in the twenty-first century
22 Decolonizing South Asian history: a 75th anniversary
A chronological outline
Select bibliography and notes

Sugata Bose is Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University, USA. His books include A Hundred Horizons: The Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (2006) and His Majesty’s Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle against Empire (2011)

Ayesha Jalal is Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, USA. Her books include Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia (2010) and The Pity of Partition: Manto’s Life, Times, and Work across the India–Pakistan Divide (2013).

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