A History of the New India: Past and Present (Paperback)

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A History of the New India: Past and Present (Paperback)


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Providing a different approach to the history of India than previously advocated, this textbook argues that there was constant interaction between peoples and cultures. This interactive, dialogic approach provides a clear understanding of how power and social relations operated in South Asia. Covering the history of India from Mughal times to the first years of Independence, the book consists of chapters divided roughly between political and thematic questions. Topics discussed include:

Mughal warfare and military developments

The construction of Indian culture

Indian, regional and local political articulation

India's Independence and the end of British Rule

Women and governmentality

The rise of the Dalit movement

As well as a detailed timeline that provides a useful overview of key events in the history of India, a set of background reading is included after each chapter for readers who wish to go beyond the remit of this text. Written in an accessible, narrative style, the textbook will be suitable in courses on Indian and South Asian history, as well as courses on world history and South Asian studies.

Eugene F. Irschick was Professor of History at University of California, Berkeley, USA. In his research and published works, such as Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895 (1994), he suggests that the production of history and political structures is dialogic. He has been teaching courses on Indian history at UC Berkeley for 46 years. Much of the time during his early teaching years was focused on minority and separatist politics in south India during the 20th century. Recently, he has been teaching courses on women's history in South Asia as well as courses on post-colonialism.
Product Details ISBN: 9780415435796
ISBN-10: 041543579X
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 20th, 2015
Pages: 186
Language: English