Synopses & Reviews
Focusing in particular on those regions of the subcontinent that featured prominently in the spheres of politics and economics through the ages, A History of Modern India examines the evolution of the relationship between the society and the state in its various economics, social, cultural and political forms. As well as in-depth analyses of the major empires in modern India, from the Moghuls (1580-1739), to the Raj (1818-1947), the book also explores the intervals between these great empires. It analyzes the economic, social and intellectual dynamism that accompanied intervening periods of political fragmentation, such as that of 1480-1580 and the eighty years that separated the Moghul and British regimes. Finally, the book explores the difficulties confronting the rise of Indian nationalism, and the consequent confrontation between religious communities: what should have been the crowning victory of a pacifist anti-colonial movement was instead resolved tragically with the violence of Partition in 1947. This comprehensive analysis of India's vibrant and diverse history will appeal both to academics and to a more widespread readership.
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As well as analysing the major empires of modern India, from the Mughals to the Raj, 'A History of Modern India' also considers the economic, social and intellectual dynamism that accompanied intervening periods of political fragmentation, such as the 80 years that separated the Mughal and the British regimes. The book explores the difficulties confronting the rise of Indian nationalism and the consequent confrontation between religious communities, delving into how a resolution that should have been the crowning victory of a pacifist anticolonial movement was instead resolved tragically with the violence of Partition in 1947.
A comprehensive chronological analysis of India's vibrant and diverse history.
'A History of Modern India' provides a comprehensive chronological analysis of India’s vibrant and diverse history. As well as analysing the major empires of modern India, from the Mughals to the Raj, 'A History of Modern India' considers the economic, social and intellectual dynamism that accompanied intervening periods of political fragmentation, such as the 80 years that separated the Mughal and the British regimes.
About the Author
Claude Markovits is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and is Director of the Centre d’Etudes de ‘L’Inde et de L’Asie du Sud, L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sciences Sociales, France.
Table of Contents
List of maps; Contributors to this volume; Introduction; PART ONE At the turn of the sixteenth century; I. A changing world; II. The Indian states: the sultanates; III. The Indian states: the kingdoms; IV. The newcomers; PART TWO The Mogul Empire (1556–1739); V. Akbar and the construction of the empire (1556–1605); VI. Mogul splendour: The successors of Akbar (1605–1707); VII. The empire in its prosperity; VIII. Maritime economy and the trading companies; IX. Society and culture; X. The disintegration of the Mogul Empire (1707–39); PART THREE India between two empires (1739–1818); XI. The successor states (1739–61); XII. French India and Franco-British rivalry (until 1761); XIII. The British conquest of Bengal (1757–84); XIV. The birth of the British Empire in India (1765–1818); PART FOUR India in transition (from the end of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century); XV. The beginnings of the Raj (1818–58); XVI. The agrarian economy and rural society (1790–1860); XVII. Merchants and cities (1760–1860); XVIII. Cultural and religious transformations (1780–1857); PART FIVE From the British Indian Empire to Independence (1858–1950); XIX. The Colonial state and Indian society (1858–1914); XX. The decline of the empire and the rise of nationalism (1914–42); XXI. Princely India (1858–1950); XXII. The world of the countryside (1860–1950); XXIII. Trade, industries, cities (1860–1950); XXIV. Socio-religious reforms and nationalism (1870–1948); XXV. The end of the British Empire in India; PART SIX On the margins of the Empire; XXVI. French India (nineteenth–twentieth century); XXVII. Sri Lanka: specificities and similarities; Conclusion; Chronology; Glossary; Bibliography; Index