This book provides an interpretive and comprehensive account of the history of India between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, a crucial epoch characterized by colonialism, nationalism and the emergence of the independent Indian Union. It explores significant historiographical debates concerning the period while highlighting important new issues, especially those of gender, ecology, caste, and labour. The work combines an analysis of colonial and independent India in order to underscore ideologies, policies, and processes that shaped the colonial state and continue to mould the Indian nation.
Ishita Banerjee-Dube is Professor of History at the Centre for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, and a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Mexico, where she holds the highest rank. Her authored books include Divine Affairs (2001), Religion, Law, and Power (2007) and, in Spanish, Fronteras del Hinduismo (2007). Among her eight edited volumes are Unbecoming Modern (2005), Caste in History (2008) and Ancient to Modern (2009).
Photographs, maps, posters and figures; About the author; Acknowledgements; Prologue; 1. The colourful world of the eighteenth century; 2. Emergence of the Company Raj; 3. An inaugural century; 4. Creating anew; 5. Imagining India; 6. Challenge and rupture; 7. The Mahatma phenomenon; 8. Difficulties and initiatives; 9. Many pathways of a nation; 10. The tumultuous forties; 11. 1947 and after; Bibliography; Index.