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1 Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Is ‘Indian Civilization’ a Myth?: Fictions and Histories
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8178244616 / 9788178244617; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
In the title essay of this enthralling collection, Sanjay Subrahmanyam sets a provocative ball rolling: ‘At the heart of the matter’, he says, ‘is the notion that at some distant point in the past, say about AD 500, the concept of “Indian civilization” had already been perfected. Everything of any importance was in place: social structure, philosophy, the major literary works … The central idea here is of India-as-civilization, and it very soon becomes the same as a notion of closed India.’ Demolishing some of the myths which sustain the notion of ‘the wonder that was India’, he shows us a region that was always more a crossroads, a rendezvous for concepts, cultures, and worldviews. Subrahmanyam’s book is itself a meeting point for a dazzling variety of ideas. It provides the cosmopolitan perspective of a multilingual world scholar who, having begun life in New Delhi, has gone on to live in several thought-provoking cities, including Paris, Lisbon, and Oxford. He is witty, debunking, iconoclastic, and polemically entertaining in all that he anatomizes here—Indian history and fiction, South Asian cultural forms, imperialism and imperialists, secularism and Hindu nationalism, travel writing, and the central conceits in Hemingway, Rushdie, Naipaul, and Marquez. Subrahmanyam is renowned as a historian and biographer. This book, which makes us rethink India and the world around it, is the first to reveal that he is also a writer of accessible and delightful English prose. Printed Pages: 276. 038341

Price: 9.95 USD
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2 Sanjay Subrahmanyam (ed.)
Land, Politics and Trade in South Asia
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2004; 0195667077 / 9780195667073; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Originally planned as a festschrift for Dharma Kumar, this collection of outstanding essays has recently appeared as a special issue of IESHR. The essays represent a diversity of views and methods, all of which are brought to bear on issues concerning various aspects of the economy, society and culture of colonial India. Particular topics focused on include the agrarian history of South India, common lands in western India, the nexus between trade and production, the textile trade in twentieth-century South India, the nature of collaboration and conflict between the Dutch East India Company and private Portuguese traders in the Indian Ocean, adventurers who accompanied and participated in the colonial transition in South India and the rise of the coffee house in colonial Tamil Nadu. In the Introduction Sanjay Subrahmanyam attempts to carry out the difficult exercise of making sense of Indian historiography . For the book version, the editor has expanded on this Introduction, an d he has also added two more essays: Ravi Ahuja s State Formation and Famine Policy in Early Colonial India', and Thomas Trautmann's 'Dr Johnson and the Pandits: Imaging the Perfect Dictionary in Colonial Madras'.Eminent historians have contributed to this volume in memory of Dharma Kumar, whose intellectual contribution as an economic historian and editor is undisputed. This collection of outstanding essays represents the dynamic aspect of the history writing about the colonial period, with one eye always trained on its effects on understanding contemporary India. Sanjay Subrahmanyam s lucid introduction fulfils the task of making sense of Indian historiography and its evolving profile. Among the range of areas addressed by these essays, issues relating to south Indian agrarian history are covered by David Ludden and Tsukasa Mizushima, and the regional-language documentation regarding common lands in western India by Sumit Guha. Ravi Ahuja analyses the famine policy of the ea rly East India Company, and John Richards, Tirthankar Roy and Om Prakash address different aspects of the issue of trade in colonial India. Subrahmanyam uses a set of biographical instances to map colonial transitions in South India. Thomas Trautmann s essay looks at early colonial dictionaries in Madras to better understand the nature of early colonial cultural policy. A. R. Venkatachalapathy describes the rise of the coffee house in Tamil Nadu through an engaging combination of social and cultural history. Printed Pages: 336. 033290

Price: 13.45 USD
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3 Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (eds.)
The Mughal State 1526-1750 (Oxford in India Readings: Themes in Indian History)
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2010; 0195652258 / 9780195652253; Ninth Impression; Paperback; New; 
Most professional historians who dip into and read this substantial volume will find that their knowledge of certain corners and aspects of Mughal history and of Indian society during the Mughal period is strengthened and enriched.' -Simon Digby in Economic and Political Weekly I believe that this book would certainly compel the students of Mughal history to reconsider issues, consolidate new research and move beyond the paradigms of W.H. Moreland and Blochmann.' -Meena Bhargava in The Book Review The wealth of this volume lies in its putting together a selection of 18 essays which articulate clearly the shifting trends in the understanding of the Mughal state. The articles are put in context by the editors, ... which is a splendid historiographical survey on Mughal researches.' -Seema Alavi in Biblio. Printed Pages: 548. 033906

Price: 12.95 USD
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4 Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Three Ways To Be Alien: Travails & Encounters in the Early Modern World
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2011; 8178243393 / 9788178243399; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 246. 036765

Price: 14.75 USD
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