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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 History of Forensic Science in India

The History of Forensic Science in India

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Saumitra Basu
July 20, 2021

This book explores the interaction between science-society and the development of forensic science and analyses the historical roots of crime detection in colonial India. Covering a period from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, the author examines how British colonial rulers changed the perception...

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
April 30, 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 06, 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 Gera Roy
July 30, 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 01, 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 02, 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 19, 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 13, 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 ...

The Formation of the Colonial State in India Scribes, Paper and Taxes, 1760-1860

The Formation of the Colonial State in India: Scribes, Paper and Taxes, 1760-1860

1st Edition

By Hayden J. Bellenoit
August 14, 2018

In the period between the 1770s and 1840s, through the process of colonial state formation, the early colonial state in India was able to harness and extract vast amounts of agrarian wealth in north India. However, little is known of the histories of the Indian scribes and the role they played in ...

Foreign Policy of Colonial India 1900–1947

Foreign Policy of Colonial India: 1900–1947

1st Edition

By Sneh Mahajan
April 05, 2018

The foreign policy of a colonial country is very different from that of a sovereign country. Two features of the foreign policy of colonial India were: one, that it was framed in the interest of Britain; and two, that till the very end, the British showed an unflinching determination to maintain ...

India and World War I A Centennial Assessment

India and World War I: A Centennial Assessment

1st Edition

Edited By Roger D. Long, Ian Talbot
February 13, 2018

World War I directly and indirectly caused events and social and political trends which defined the history of the world for the rest of the century, including the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism to the Great Crash of 1929 which lead to the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler and ...

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