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Modern India : The Origins of an Asian Democracy

Modern India : The Origins of an Asian Democracy - 2nd edition

Modern India : The Origins of an Asian Democracy - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780198731139

ISBN10: 0198731132

Modern India : The Origins of an Asian Democracy by Judith M. Brown - ISBN 9780198731139
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Modern India : The Origins of an Asian Democracy by Judith M. Brown - ISBN 9780198731139

ISBN13: 9780198731139

ISBN10: 0198731132

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 94

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Summary

A new edition of this widely used text covers the last two centuries of Indian history, concluding with an epilogue written from the perspective of the 1990s. It thematically and analytically discusses the emergence of India as one of the world's largest democracies and one of the most stable of the states to emerge from the experience of colonialism. The foundations of this rare phenomenon in either Asia or Africa are seen in India's society, the ideas and beliefs of her people, and the institutions of government and politics which have developed on the subcontinent, in a process of interaction between what was indigenous to India and the many external influences brought to bear on the country by economic, political, and ideological contact with the Western world.

Modern scholarship has shown how diverse and complex was India's socio-economic and political development; and this theme runs through the study which eschews any simple understanding of India's political development as a clash between "imperialism" and "nationalism", or the making of a new nation. The complexity reflects many of the continuing ambiguities and inequalities in the subcontinent's life and suggests why the structures of the state, and indeed the very nature of the Indian nation, are now being questioned, often with unprecedented public violence. India's dilemmas are not hers alone: they also raise economic, political, and social issues of profound significance throughout the contemporary world.

Author Bio

Brown, Judith M. : Oxford University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

I. The Indian Subcontinent: Land, People, and Power

II. The Consolidation of Dominion: Illusion and Reality

III. The Dilemmas of Dominion

IV. War and the Search for a New Order

V. A Critical Decade: India--Empire or Nation?

VI. India in the 1940s: A Great Divide?

VII. Epilogue: India's Democratic Experience


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