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Independent India, 1947-2000

1st Edition

By Wendy Singer


224 pages

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Independent India is an exploration of India’s national history from independence in 1947 to the end of the twentieth century. Wendy Singer charts the rapid development of this emerging world power by following a series of different narratives crucial to the history of post-independence India: national integrations, the ongoing development of arts and culture, social movements, and political change.

In telling the broader history of political movements and cultural transformations from different perspectives, this book provides key examples that demonstrate the experiences of women and men from the many classes and cultures that comprise modern India. In keeping with the series as a whole, this text also provides a range of primary source documents both to illuminate that history and to show the rich resources and unique challenges involved in writing contemporary history.

Key features include:

Thematic chapters within a chronological structure, incorporating different approaches to the study of history

A varied range of primary sources, demonstrating the diversity of material available

In-depth social, cultural and political analysis, including the study of regional identities, film, literature, gender, politics and economic change

Investigating India’s recent national history from a range of angles, this new Seminar Studies volume is an essential introduction for anyone who wishes to learn more about the important place that India, the world’s largest democracy, has in our global age. .

Table of Contents

Introduction. Chapter One — Implementing a Secular State. Chapter Two — Consolidating the Nation. Chapter Three — Modernism, Government, and the Arts. Chapter Four — Green and Other Revolutions. Chapter Five — Democratic Watersheds. Chapter Six — Women, Men and the Challenges of the 1980s and 90s. Conclusion. Documents.

About the Author

Wendy Singer is the Roy T. Wortman Professor of History at Kenyon College. Her research focuses on the social and cultural histories of politics and political movements in India. She is author, most recently, of A Constituency Suitable for Ladies and other Social Histories of Indian Elections.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century