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Routledge Studies in South Asian History


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This series is concerned with the history of South Asia. It includes a range of different approaches and publishes both single authored monographs and edited volumes.

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The Aftermath of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 Enduring Impact

The Aftermath of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971: Enduring Impact

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Amit Ranjan, Taj Hashmi, Mazhar Abbas
September 02, 2024

This book analyses the human dimension and aftermath of the emergence of Bangladesh following the war of 1971.  The chapters investigate questions of belonging and being an “alien”, civil rights and ethnic demands, and broader issues of citizenship and statelessness. The analysis centres around the...

Indian Liberalism between Nation and Empire The Political Life of Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Indian Liberalism between Nation and Empire: The Political Life of Gopal Krishna Gokhale

1st Edition

By Elena Valdameri
January 29, 2024

This book analyses the political thought and practice of Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866–1915), preeminent liberal leader of the Indian National Congress who was able to give a ‘global voice’ to the Indian cause. Using liberalism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism and citizenship as the four main thematic ...

India’s Nonviolent Freedom Struggle The Thomas Christians (1599–1799)

India’s Nonviolent Freedom Struggle: The Thomas Christians (1599–1799)

1st Edition

By Clara A. B. Joseph
November 30, 2023

India’s Nonviolent Freedom Struggle is a groundbreaking book that offers a fresh perspective on the Indian freedom struggle. It focuses on the Thomas Christians, a group of Christians in South India who waged a nonviolent struggle against European colonization during the politically volatile period...

Colonial and Post-Colonial Identity Politics in South Asia Zaat/Caste Among Muslims

Colonial and Post-Colonial Identity Politics in South Asia: Zaat/Caste Among Muslims

1st Edition

By Muzaffar Assadi
November 24, 2023

Colonial and Post-Colonial Identity Politics in South Asia analyses the colonial and post-colonial documentation and caste classification among Muslims in India, demonstrating that religion negotiated with regional social customs and local social practices while at the same time fostering a shared ...

Bureaucracy, Belonging, and the City in North India 1870-1930

Bureaucracy, Belonging, and the City in North India: 1870-1930

1st Edition

By Michael S. Dodson
May 05, 2020

This book is a re-evaluation of modern urbanism and architecture and a history of urbanism, architecture, and local identity in colonial north India at the turn of the twentieth century. Focusing on Banaras and Jaunpur, two of northern India’s most traditional cities, the book examines the ...

Cultural Histories of India Subaltern Spaces, Peripheral Genres, and Alternate Historiography

Cultural Histories of India: Subaltern Spaces, Peripheral Genres, and Alternate Historiography

1st Edition

Edited By Rita Banerjee
March 04, 2020

This book explores the social and cultural histories of India, focusing on cultural encounters and representations of subaltern communities from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Examining cultural encounters between Europeans and Indians during the precolonial and colonial periods, the ...

Memories and Postmemories of the Partition of India

Memories and Postmemories of the Partition of India

1st Edition

By Anjali Roy
July 23, 2019

This book examines the afterlife of Partition as imprinted on the memories and postmemories of Hindu and Sikh survivors from West Punjab to foreground the intersection between history, memory and narrative. It shows how survivors script their life stories to reinscribe tragic tales of violence and ...

Democracy and Unity in India Understanding the All India Phenomenon, 1940-1960

Democracy and Unity in India: Understanding the All India Phenomenon, 1940-1960

1st Edition

By Emily Rook-Koepsel
May 02, 2019

This book analyzes the ways in which organizations and individuals in India grappled with and contested definitions of democracy and unity in the decades directly preceding and following independent Indian statehood. The All India Scheduled Castes Federation and the All India Women’s Conference ...

Evolution, Race and Public Spheres in India Vernacular Concepts and Sciences (1860-1930)

Evolution, Race and Public Spheres in India: Vernacular Concepts and Sciences (1860-1930)

1st Edition

By Luzia Savary
April 03, 2019

This book provides an in-depth exploration of South Asian readaptations of race in vernacular languages. The focus is on a diverse set of printed texts, periodicals and books in Hindi and Urdu, two of the major print languages of British North India, written between 1860 and 1930. Imperial ...

Gender, Nationalism, and Genocide in Bangladesh Naristhan/Ladyland

Gender, Nationalism, and Genocide in Bangladesh: Naristhan/Ladyland

1st Edition

By Azra Rashid
November 13, 2018

The 1971 genocide in Bangladesh took place as a result of the region’s long history of colonization, the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into largely Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India, and the continuation of ethnic and religious politics in Pakistan, specifically the political suppression ...

Women and Literary Narratives in Colonial India Her Myriad Gaze on the ‘Other’

Women and Literary Narratives in Colonial India: Her Myriad Gaze on the ‘Other’

1st Edition

By Sukla Chatterjee
September 04, 2018

In the colonial context of South Asia, there is a glaring asymmetry in the written records of the interaction between the Bengali women and their European counterparts, which is indicative of the larger and the overall asymmetry of discursive power, including the flow and access to information ...

Hindu Nationalism, History and Identity in India Narrating a Hindu past under the BJP

Hindu Nationalism, History and Identity in India: Narrating a Hindu past under the BJP

1st Edition

By Lars Tore Flåten
August 14, 2018

When the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power in India in 1998 as the largest party of the National Democratic Alliance, it soon became evident that it prioritized educational reforms. Under BJP rule, a reorganization of the National Council of Educational Research and ...

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