A Brief History of Modern India

    A Brief History of Modern India  (English, Paperback, Rajiv Ahir)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Spectrum Books
    • ISBN: 9788179304747, 8179304744
    • Edition: 2013
    • Pages: 416
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    The book offers a concise overview of India's struggle for freedom from British rule alongwith a discussion of various developments in education, administration, social reforms and other fields between The book will be of immense use for a candidate of the civil services examination at the Mains level.

    Table of Contents

    1. The Revolt of 1857

    • Economic Causes
    • Political Causes
    • Administrative Causes
    • Socio-Religious Causes
    • Influence of Outside Events
    • Discontent Among Sepoys
    • Beginning and Spread
    • Storm Centers and Leaders of the Revolt
    • Suppression of Revolt
    • Causes of Failure of Revolt
    • Hindu-Muslim Unity Factor
    • Nature of the Revolt
    • Consequences
    • Summary

    2. Religious and Social Reform Movements

    • Genesis of the Awakening
    • Social Reform
    • A General Survey of Socio-Cultural Reform Movements and their Leaders
    • Positive Contributions of Reform Movements
    • Negative Aspects of Reform Movements
    • Summary

    3. The Struggle Begins

    • Moderate Phase and Early Congress (1858-1905)
    • Factors in Growth of Modern Nationalism
    • Political Associations Before the Indian National Congress
    • Pre-Congress Campaigns
    • Indian National Congress—its Aims and Objectives
    • Methods of Political work of the Early Moderates (1885-1905)
    • Contributions of Moderate Nationalists
    • An Evaluation of the Early Nationalists
    • Role of Masses
    • Attitude of the Government
    • Summary

    4. National Movement 1905-1918

    • Why Militant Nationalism Grew
    • The Swadeshi and Boycott Movement
    • The Movement Under Militant Leadership
    • Extent of Mass Participation
    • All India Aspect
    • Annulment of Partition
    • Why did the Swadeshi Movement Fizzle out?
    • Assessment
    • The Surat Split
    • The Government Strategy
    • Revolutionary Terrorism
    • Morley-Minto Reforms 1909
    • First World War and Nationalist Response
    • Home Rule League Movement
    • Lucknow Session of the Indian National Congress 1916
    • Montagu’s Statement August 1917
    • Summary

    5. National Movement 1919-1939 Era of Mass Nationalism

    • Why Nationalist Resurgence Now
    • Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms and Government of India Act, 1919
    • Rowlatt Act
    • Emergence of Gandhi
    • Gandhi in India
    • Gains from Champaran, Ahmedabad and Kheda
    • Satyagraha Against the Rowlatt Act First Mass Strike
    • Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (April 13,1919)
    • Khilafat and Non-Cooperation Movement
    • Swarajists and No-Changers
    • Emergence of New Forces During the 1920s
    • Revolutionary Terrorism During the 1920s
    • Growth of Communalism
    • Anti-Simon Commission Upsurge
    • Nehru Report
    • The Run-up to Civil Disobedience Movement
    • Civil Disobedience Movement
    • First Round Table Conference (November 1930-January 1931)
    • Gandhi-Irwin Pact
    • Evaluation of Civil Disobedience Movement
    • Karachi Congress Session 1931
    • Second RTC and Second Civil Disobedience Movement
    • Communal Award and Poona Pact
    • Gandhi’s Harijan Campaign
    • Strategic Debate
    • The First Stage Debate
    • Government of India Act,
    • The Second Stage Debate
    • 28 Months of Congress Rule in Provinces
    • Summary

    6. National Movement : Towards

    • Freedom and Partition 1939-1947
    • Second World War and Nationalist Response
    • August Offer
    • Individual Satyagrahas
    • Cripps Mission
    • Quit India Movement
    • Famine of
    • Rajagopalachari formula
    • Desai-Liaqat Pact
    • Wavell Plan
    • The Indian National Army
    • Post-War National Upsurge June 1945 to February 1946
    • Congress Election Campaign and INA trials
    • Three Upsurges Winter of 1945-46
    • Election Results
    • The Cabinet Mission
    • Communal Holocaust and the Interim Government
    • Attlee’s Statement February 20, 1947
    • Towards Partition
    • Mountbatten Plan, June 3, 1947
    • Indian Independence Act
    • Problems of Early Withdrawal
    • Integration of States
    • Why Congress Accepted Partition?
    • Summary

    7. Administrative Changes after 1857

    • Administration: Central, Provincial, Local
    • Changes in the Army
    • Public Services
    • Princely States
    • Administrative Policies
    • Foreign Policy
    • Summary

    8. Economic Impact of British Rule in India

    • Deindustrialisation Ruin of Artisans and Handicraftsmen
    • Impoverishment of Peasantry
    • Emergence of New Land Relations, Ruin of Old Zamindars
    • Stagnation and Deterioration of Agriculture
    • Commercialisation of Indian Agriculture
    • Development of Modern Industry
    • Rise of Indian Bourgeoisie
    • Economic Drain
    • Famine and Poverty
    • Nationalist Critique of Colonial Economy
    • Summary

    9. Development of Indian Press

    • Early Regulations
    • Struggle by Early Nationalists to Secure Press Freedom
    • Vernacular Press Act,
    • During and After the First World War
    • During the Second World War
    • After Independence

    10. Development of Education

    • A Humble Beginning by Charter Act of 1813
    • Orientalist-Anglicist Controversy
    • Efforts of Thomson
    • Wood’s Despatch (1854)
    • Hunter Education Commission (1882-83)
    • Indian Universities Act, 1904
    • Government Resolution on Education Policy 1913
    • Saddler University Commission (1917-19)
    • Education Under Dyarchy
    • Hartog Committee (1929)
    • Wardha Scheme of Basic Education (1937)
    • Sergeant Plan of Education
    • After Independence
    • Kothari Education Commission (1964-66)
    • Development of Vernacular Education
    • Development of Technical Education
    • Evaluation of British Policy on Education

    11. Brief Notes on Some Aspects of British Rule

    • British Social and Cultural Policy in India
    • Civil Services
    • Police
    • Judiciary
    • Development of Constitution from 1773 to 1858

    12. The Indian States

    • I. East India Company’s Struggle for equality with Indian States from a Position of Subordination (1740-1765)
    • II. Policy of Ring Fence (1765-1813)
    • III. Policy of Subordinate Isolation (1813-1857)
    • IV. Policy of Subordinate Union (1857-1935)
    • V. Policy of Equal Federation (1935-1947)
    • VI. Integration and Merger

    13. Civil Rebellions and Tribal Uprisings 1757-1900

    • Bengal and Eastern India
    • Western India
    • South India
    • North India
    • Weaknesses of these Uprisings

    14. Peasant Movements 1857-1947

    • Peasantry under Colonialism
    • A Survey of Early Peasant Movements
    • Changed Nature of Peasant Movements After 1857
    • Weaknesses
    • Later Movements
    • Peasant Activity in Provinces
    • During the War
    • Post-War Phase
    • Balance-Sheet of Peasant Movements

    15. The Movement of the Working Class

    • Earlier Efforts
    • During Swadeshi Upsurge
    • During the First World War and After
    • During and After the Second World War
    • After Independence

    16. The Evolution of Nationalist Foreign Policy

    • 1880 to First World War: Anti-Imperialism and Pan-Asian Feeling
    • World War I
    • 1920s and 1930s Identifying with Socialists
    • After 1936 Anti-Fascism
    • After Independence

    Ready Reference Data

    • Personalities Associated with Specific Movements
    • Governors-General and Viceroys of India: Significant Events in their Rule
    • North-East Frontier Tribal Movements Year, Region, Major Causes
    • Other Tribal Movements : Period, Region, Causes and Consequences
    • Constitutional Development in India at a Glance
    • Indian National Congress Annual Sessions
    • Famous Trials of the Nationalistic Period
    • Socio-Religious Reform Movements
    • Caste Movements
    • Peasant Movements
    • Newspapers and Journals
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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2013
    • Exam
      • CSAT
    • Authored By
      • Rajiv Ahir
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