1st Edition

A History of Colonial India 1757 to 1947

Edited By Himanshu Roy, Jawaid Alam Copyright 2022
    304 Pages
    by Routledge India

    304 Pages
    by Routledge India

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    This volume brings together interdisciplinary perspectives on British colonial rule in India. It draws on sociology, history, and political science to look at key events and social process, between 1757 to 1947, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the colonial history.  It begins with the introductory backdrop of the British East India Company when its ship docked at Surat in 1603 and ends with the partition and independence in 1947. 

    A compelling read, the book explores a range of key themes which include:  

    – Early colonial polity, economic transformation, colonial educational policies, and other initial developments; 

    – The revolt of 1857 and its aftermath; 

    – Colonial subjectivities and ethnographic interventions, colonial capitalism and its insititutions, 

    – Constitutional developments in colonial India;

    – Early nationalist politics, the rise of Indian National Congress, the role of Gandhi in nationalist politics, and the Quit India movement; 

    – Social movements and gender politics under the colonial rule;

    – Partition of India and independence.

    Accessibly written and exhaustive, this volume will be essential reading for students, teachers, scholars, and researchers of political science, history, sociology and literature.


    Introduction 1. Interpreting Colonialism and Nationalism 2. Early Colonialism  3. Colonial Education 4. Contested Histories of 1857 Revolt  5. Theorizing 1857 Revolt  6. Understanding Colonial Subjects  7. Constitutional Development in Colonial India 8. Nationalist Politics: Early Phase  9. Gandhi And Nationalist Politics 10. Quit India Movement 11. Colonialism and Women’s Question 12. Social Movements 13. Colonial State and Partition of India 14. Decolonization and Colonial Legacies Conclusion                                                              


    Himanshu Roy is Atal Bihari Vajpayee Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi, India. His publications include Peasant in Marxism, Secularism and its Colonial Legacy in India, State Politics in India, Indian Political System, Indian Political Thought and Patel.

    Jawaid Alam is Associate Professor of History at Department of History and Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India. His publications include Jammu And Kashmir 1949-64 (ed.), Kashmir and Beyond 1966-84 (ed.), and Government and Politics in Colonial Bihar.