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1 Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf
A Concise History of India
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 2008; 0521733103 / 9780521733106; Second Edition; Paperback; New; 
Two distinguished historians, Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf, come together to write a new and accessible account of modern India. The narrative, which charts the history of India from the Mughals, through the colonial encounter and independence, to the present day, challenges imperialist notions of an unchanging and monolithic India bounded by tradition and religious hierarchies. Instead the book reveals a complex society which is constantly transforming and reinventing itself in response to political and social challenges. The book is beautifully composed and richly illustrated. It will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand India, her turbulent past and her present uncertainties. Contents 1. Sultans, Mughals and Pre-Colonial Indian Society; 2. Mughal Twilight: the emergence of regional states and the East India Company; 3. The East India Company Raj, 1772–1850; 4. Revolt, the modern state and colonized subjects, 1848–1885; 5. Civil Society, Colonial Restraints, 1885–85; 6. The crisis of the colonial Order: Reform, disillusionment, division, 1919–39; 7. The 1940s: triumph and tragedy; 8. Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950–89; 9. Democratic India in the nineties. Printed Pages: 346 with 52 half-tones and 4 maps. 008691

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2 Barbara D. Metcalf and Michael R. Metcalf
A Concise History of Modern India (Second Edition)
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 2008; 0521733103 / 9780521733106; Second Edition; Paperback; New; 
In a second edition of their successful Concise History of Modern India, Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf explore India's modern history afresh and update the events of the last decade. These include the takeover of Congress from the seemingly entrenched Hindu nationalist party in 2004, India's huge advances in technology and the country's new role as a major player in world affairs. From the days of the Mughals, through the British Empire, and into Independence, the country has been transformed by its institutional structures. It is these institutions which have helped bring about the social, cultural and economic changes that have taken place over the last half century and paved the way for the modern success story. Despite these advances, poverty, social inequality and religious division still fester. In response to these dilemmas, the book grapples with questions of caste and religious identity, and the nature of the Indian nation. Contents List of illustrations Preface to the second edition Preface to the first edition Glossary Chronology 1. Sultans, Mughals and pre-colonial Indian society 2. Mughal twilight: the emergence of regional states and the East India Company 3. The East India Company Raj, 1772–1850 4. Revolt, the modern state and colonized subjects, 1848–1885 5. Civil society, colonial constraints, 1885–1919 6. The crisis of the colonial order, 1919–1939 7. The 1940s: triumph and tragedy 8. Congress Raj: democracy and development, 1950–1989 9. Democratic India in the nineties: coalitions, class, community, consumers and conflict Epilogue: a new century begins Biographical notes Bibliographic essay Index. Printed Pages: 372. 023034

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3 Barbara D. Metcalf (ed.)
Islam in South Asia in Practice
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8178242974 / 9788178242972; First Indian Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This volume brings together the work of more than thirty scholars of Islam and Muslim societies in South Asia. It comprises a rich anthology of primary texts that contributes to a new appreciation of the lived religious and cultural experiences of the world's largest population of Muslims. The thirty-four selections—translated from Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Gujarati, Hindavi, Dakhani, and other languages—highlight a wide variety of genres, many rarely found in standard accounts of Islamic practice, from oral narratives to elite guidance manuals, from devotional songs to secular judicial decisions arbitrating Islamic law, and from political posters to a discussion among college women affiliated with an “Islamist” organization. Drawn from premodern texts, modern pamphlets, government and organizational archives, new media, and contemporary fieldwork, the selections reflect the rich diversity of Islamic belief and practice in South Asia. Each reading is introduced with a brief contextual note from its scholar-translator, and Barbara Metcalf introduces the whole volume with a substantial historical overview. Printed Pages: 504 with numerous b/w illustrations. 032736

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4 Barbara D. Metcalf (Ed.)
Islam in South Asia: In Practice
Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8178243601 / 9788178243603; Softcover; New; 
Two puzzles of modern India—one well known, the other overlooked—form the core of this book. For fifty years, the state of Kerala has been famed, first as a home of Communists, then as a perplexing ‘model of development’. But why Communists? And why development, especially in a place where the economy usually underperformed even lowly national averages? Part of an answer lies in the unusual place of women in Kerala and their changing role in the past 200 years. Another part lies in the other, often under-analyzed focus of this book: media and communication. Printing and publishing in Indian languages—and accompanying questions of literacy and language identity—present tantalizing puzzles. Since data were first collected in the 1950s, Kerala’s people have been India’s greatest newspaper consumers. Do literacy and newspapers mobilize people for political action or does politicization make people into newspaper readers? To what extent do media wait on consumer capitalism before they break into the countryside to become truly mass media, as they have in India in the past thirty years? Media and Modernity ponders these questions, first from the perspective of Kerala, often a forerunner of developments elsewhere, and then at an all-India level. Readers intrigued by questions of development, communications, politics, and the role of women will find in this collection stories that surprise and arguments that provoke.Printed Pages: 504. 101962

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