From Plassey To Partition: A History of Modern India is a historical account of the British Empire in India, the Partition in 1947, and how India gained her independence.
Summary Of The Book
From Plassey To Partition: A History of Modern India begins with the disintegration and downfall of the Mughal Empire and the parallel rise of the British Empire in the Indian subcontinent. The book offers an insight into the minds of the Indians under the British rule and their struggle for freedom as it gained ground after the Rising of 1857. The book is unique in its approach towards presenting the problems of Indians under the British rule. It gives a detailed account of their conflicts, cultural and social changes, their fight for freedom and the acceptance and adaptation to modernism brought in by the foreign rulers. From Plassey To Partition: A History Of Modern India presents the entire history of the British dominion over India through the various struggles and rebellions of the Indians, the rise of Indian leaders and politics, the Partition that led to the creation of Pakistan and finally, Independent India.
The entire account has been presented in a unique way by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, who has provided the readers with different perspectives and sides to the entire struggle for Indian freedom. The book is divided into eight parts, which are British Empire in India, Emergence of Indian Nationalism, Transition of the Eighteenth Century, Early Indian Responses, Early Nationalism, Many Voices of a Nation, The Age of Gandhian Politics, and Freedom with Partition. The book also provides 5 maps of India at various times to offer a better understanding of the geography of the time. From Plassey To Partition: A History Of Modern India is suitable for both history students and interested readers, owing to its detailed presentation of the historical facts and events of that time period.
About Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is a professor and Director at New Zealand India Research Institute. Sekhar Bandyopadhyay has published several books and many articles in his field. Caste, Culture and Hegemony: Social Dominance in Colonial Bengal, Caste, Protest and Identity in Colonial India: The Namasudras of Bengal 1872-1947 and Caste, Politics and The Raj: Bengal 1872-1937 are his other books.
Sekhar Bandyopadhyay has an MA and PhD. He has also received the Marsden grant for his project, Dalits in the History of Partition in Eastern India. His research interests include political and social history of South Asia during colonial rule, identity formation and caste system in India in 19th and 20th century.
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1. Transition of the Eighteenth Century
1.1 Decline of the Mughal empire
1.2 Emergence of the regional powers
1.3 Foundation of the British empire
2. British Empire in India
2.1 The imperial ideology
2.2 Parliament and the empire
2.3 Extracting land revenue
2.4 The apparatus of rule
2.5 Empire and economy
3. Early Indian Responses: Reform and Rebellion
3.1 Social and religious reforms
3.2 Peasant and tribal uprisings
3.3 The revolt of 1857
4. Emergence of Indian Nationalism
4.1 Historiography of Indian nationalism
4.2 Agrarian society and peasant discontent
4.3 The new middle class and the emergence of nationalism
4.4 Foundation of the Indian National Congress
5. Early Nationalism: Discontent and Dissension
5.1 The moderates and economic nationalism
5.2 Hindu revivalism and politics
5.3 The rise of extremism and the swadeshi movement
5.4 Muslim politics and the foundation of the Muslim League
6. The Age of Gandhian Politics
6.1 The carrots of limited self-government, 1909-19
6.2 The arrival of Mahatma Gandhi
6.3 Khilafat and non-cooperation movements
6.4 Civil Disobedience movement
6.5 The act of 1935, "Paper Federation" and the princes
7. Many Voices of a Nation
7.1 Muslim alienation
7.2 Non-Brahman and dalit protest
7.3 Business and politics
7.4 Working class movements
7.5 Women's participation
8. Freedom with Partition
8.1 Quit India movement
8.2 The turbulent forties
8.3 Towards freedom with partition
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A good book, overall!
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6 Jan, 2015
A must read book for the History portion of General Studies syllabus.
23 Nov, 2014
from plassey to partition
19 Nov, 2014
Value for money.
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