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Informative, timely and accessible introduction to the study of South Asia by leading scholars in the field.
Introduction, David Arnold and Peter Robb. Part 1 The region, religions and customs: religious vs regional determinism - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as inheritors of empires, Graham Chapman; classical Hindu scriptures, Tuvia Gelblum; suttee or sati - victim or victor?, Julia Leslie. Part 2 Colonial impact - Islamic law and the colonial encounter in British India, Michael anderson; notes on "peasant insurgency" in colonial mysore - event and process, Burton Stein; ideas in agrarian history - some observations on the British and 19th century Bihar, Peter Robb; smallpox and colonial medicine in 19th century India, David Arnold. Part 3 Indian culture and the west: Indian architecture and the English vision, Giles Tillotson; milton and madhusudan, William Radice; the hidden hand - English lexis, syntax and idiom as determinants of modern Hindi usage, Rupert Snell; legal pluralism in the Hindu marriage, Werner Menski. Part 4 Some social and political institutions: the Indian National Congress - a 100-year perspective, David Taylor; Charan Singh (1902-87) - an assessment, Terence J. Byres; a hero or traitor? The Gurkha soldier in Nepali literature, Michael Hutt; some observations on the evolution of modern standard Punjabi, Christopher Shackle.
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