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1 Sumit Sarkar
Beyond Nationalism Frames: Relocating Postmodernism, Hindutva, History
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8178240866 / 9788178240862; Fourth Impression; Paperback; New; 
The political context in which the historian of India finds himself today, says Sumit Sarkar, is dominated by the advance of the Hindu Right and globalised forms of capitalism. Simultaneously, the historian’s intellectual context is now dominated by the marginalisation of all varieties of Marxism and an academic shift to cultural studies and postmodern critiques. In this scenario, how may a thinking historian who retains an unfashionable commitment to socialist-feminist values, alongside a democratic political vision formulated within Indian conditions of skewed social development, practice the craft of history? This excellent set of essays collectively constitutes Sumit Sarkar’s answer to this central question. The ‘Hindu Bomb’, the history of relations between communities, the issue of religious propagation and conversion, ideas of nation and woman in Tagore’s fiction, and the relationship of left-wing historiography to postmodern ideas are some of the themes critically analysed in this major collection. Printed Pages: 290. 011913

Price: 7.25 USD
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2 Niharranjan Ray (Author), John W. Hood (Tr.) & Sumit Sarkar (Frwd)
History of the Bengali People: From Earliest Times to the Fall of the Sena Dynasty (Second Edition)
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8125050531 / 9788125050537; Second Edition; Softcover; New; 
Niharranjan Ray’s highly acclaimed magnum opus, Bangalir Itihas: Adi Parva, translated here as History of the Bengali People is a seminal work on the history of the Bengalis from the earliest times to the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. As much a work of literature as of history, this book is not a story of kings and the extension of their power but of the life of ordinary people. Thus, through detailed, methodical discussions on origins of the various peoples, their language and literature, science, trade and commerce, religious practices and rituals, there emerges a vivid picture of society and its development through the passage of time. This able translation by J. W. Hood has retained the vibrancy and subtle nuances of the Bengali original. In his Foreword to this edition of the translation, Sumit Sarkar writes: ‘Niharranjan Ray was, indeed, a towering figure among my generation of historians. But not many scholars are familiar with his writings these days. The new edition of the English translation, which has done full justice to the original version, hopefully will rectify this.’Printed Pages: 660. 101896

Price: 10.96 USD
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3 Sumit Sarkar
Modern Times: India 1880s-1950s (Environment, Economy, Culture)
Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8178244705 / 9788178244709; First Edition; Softcover; New; 
Much has changed in the world of South Asian history-writing since Sumit Sarkar’s renowned classic, Modern India (1983). “The passage of thirty years having rendered that work thoroughly dated, the futility of any attempt to revise it became increasingly clear to me, especially as over this period my own historical perspectives took new and unexpected directions”, says the author. The present work is an entirely fresh view of the same period. Focusing on three huge areas — Economy, Environment, and Culture — Professor Sarkar offers his magisterial perspective on these.Scientific discourses, laws, forest administration, peasants and adivasis, irrigation, and conflicts over land-use are examined, as are agrarian relations, commercialization, indebtedness, and famine. Trade, finance, and industry are other major focus areas.Modern urban India is scrutinized via the literature on its big cities. Sociabilities, caste configurations, and public culture (theatre, cinema, and sports) are discussed, as are literature, dance, music, and painting. In conclusion, says Professor Sarkar, "I have within each chapter incorporated the relevant historiographical developments, changes, and debates. Separate bibliographical sections will I hope facilitate the work of teachers and students." Printed Pages: 478. 102267

Price: 11.98 USD
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4 Sumit Sarkar
Popular Movements & Middle Class Leadership in Late Colonial India
Aakar Books; Delhi, India; 2015; 9789350023204; Softcover; New; 
Printed Pages: 124. 108996

Price: 3.40 USD
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5 Sumit Sarkar & Tanika Sarkar
Women and Social Reform in Modern India, 2 Vols
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2011; 817824327X / 9788178243276; Softcover; New; 
The subject of social reforms has routinely formed a part of Indian history texts. The word 'reforms' conjures up the names of a few great individuals: always Hindu, always upper-caste and educated, always from cities, and always--apart from one or two memorable exceptions--men. These are the icons around whom the story of social change is written. The editors of the present work argue the need to understand the history of social reforms from a much wider array of perspectives: for example, the connections between specific social abuses on the one hand, and, on the other, systems or traditions of gender practices across times, classes, castes, and regions. For instance, when we look at widow immolation or widow remarriage practices, we need to look also at the larger domain of gender relations which sanctified immolation or which outlawed widow remarriage. What arguments were used? What aspects of these practices did the reformers ignore? How did the orthodox practitioners defend such traditions? There are also, say Sumit and Tanika Sarkar, other curious omissions in the existing literature: 'Most reforms passed through the grid of state legislation. Yet, there is little engagement even with the law-making machinery ... and far less with the judicial courts that enforced the laws and dealt with disputes around the new laws.' Such omissions are addressed, and many interesting questions raised and discussed, in this impressive collection of writings.Printed Pages: 870. 101882

Price: 23.00 USD
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6 Sumit Sarkar and Tanita Sarkar (eds)
Women and Social Reform in Modern India: A Reader, 2 Vols.
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8178241994 / 9788178241999; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Set of 2 vols. 021607

Price: 39.95 USD
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7 Sumit Sarkar
Writing Social History
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 1998; 0195646339 / 9780195646337; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
The eight essays in this volume seek to combine an empirical study of themes in late-colonial Indian history with an intervention in current debates about the extent and nature of Western colonial cultural domination. Printed Pages: 402. 033746

Price: 9.25 USD
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