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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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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 12, 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 ...

Citizenship, Community and Democracy in India From Bombay to Maharashtra, c. 1930 - 1960

Citizenship, Community and Democracy in India: From Bombay to Maharashtra, c. 1930 - 1960

1st Edition

By Oliver Godsmark
February 07, 2018

On 1 May 1960, Bombay Province was bifurcated into the two new provinces of Gujarat and Maharashtra, amidst scenes of great public fanfare and acclaim. This decision marked the culmination of a lengthy campaign for the creation of Samyukta (‘united’) Maharashtra in western India, which had first ...

Imperialism and Sikh Migration The Komagata Maru Incident

Imperialism and Sikh Migration: The Komagata Maru Incident

1st Edition

By Anjali Gera Roy
October 19, 2017

In the Punjab, Pakistan, a culture of migration and mobility already emerged in the nineteenth century. Imperial policies produced a category of hypermobile Sikhs, who left their villages in Punjab to seek their fortunes in South East Asia, Australia, America and Canada. The practices of the ...

Politics and Left Unity in India The United Front in Late Colonial India

Politics and Left Unity in India: The United Front in Late Colonial India

1st Edition

By William F. Kuracina
September 28, 2017

The historical assessments of Left unity in 1930s India misrepresent activities designed to achieve unity. The common treatment of the relationship between Indian socialists and communists emphasizes disunity and the inability to find common ground. Scholarly discussions about unity in fact ...

Class Conflict and Modernization in India The Raj and the Calcutta Waterfront (1860-1910)

Class Conflict and Modernization in India: The Raj and the Calcutta Waterfront (1860-1910)

1st Edition

By Aniruddha Bose
September 07, 2017

In the days of the British Raj Calcutta was a great port city. Thousands of men, women, and children worked there, loading and unloading valuable cargoes that sustained the regional economy, and contributed significantly to world trade. In the second half of the nineteenth century, in response to a...

Health and Medicine in the Indian Princely States 1850-1950

Health and Medicine in the Indian Princely States: 1850-1950

1st Edition

By Waltraud Ernst, Biswamoy Pati, T.V. Sekher
June 30, 2017

Since the 1980s there has been a continual engagement with the history and the place of western medicine in colonial settings and non-western societies. In relation to South Asia, research on the role of medicine has focussed primarily on regions under direct British administration. This book looks...

Cinema, Transnationalism, and Colonial India Entertaining the Raj

Cinema, Transnationalism, and Colonial India: Entertaining the Raj

1st Edition

By Babli Sinha
June 16, 2017

Through the lens of cinema, this book explores the ways in which the United States, Britain and India impacted each other politically, culturally and ideologically. It argues that American films of the 1920s posited alternative notions of whiteness and the West to that of Britain, which stood for ...

Hindu Mahasabha in Colonial North India, 1915-1930 Constructing Nation and History

Hindu Mahasabha in Colonial North India, 1915-1930: Constructing Nation and History

1st Edition

By Prabhu Bapu
May 31, 2017

Hindu nationalism has emerged as a political ideology represented by the Hindu Mahasabha. This book explores the campaign for Hindu unity and organisation in the context of the Hindu-Muslim conflict in colonial north India in the early twentieth century. It argues that India's partition ...

The Kashmir Conflict From Empire to the Cold War, 1945-66

The Kashmir Conflict: From Empire to the Cold War, 1945-66

1st Edition

By Rakesh Ankit
June 27, 2016

This book presents a study of the international dimensions of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan from before its outbreak in October 1947 until the Tashkent Summit in January 1966. By focusing on Kashmir’s under-researched transnational dimensions, it represents a different approach to ...

Environment and Pollution in Colonial India Sewerage Technologies along the Sacred Ganges

Environment and Pollution in Colonial India: Sewerage Technologies along the Sacred Ganges

1st Edition

By Janine Wilhelm
April 28, 2016

India is facing a river pollution crisis today. The origins of this crisis are commonly traced back to post-Independence economic development and urbanisation. This book, in contrast, shows that some important early roots of India’s river pollution problem, and in particular the pollution of the ...

Gender and Radical Politics in India Magic Moments of Naxalbari (1967-1975)

Gender and Radical Politics in India: Magic Moments of Naxalbari (1967-1975)

1st Edition

By Mallarika Sinha Roy
May 21, 2015

The Naxalbari movement marks a significant moment in the postcolonial history of India. Beginning as an armed peasant uprising in 1967 under the leadership of radical communists, the movement was inspired by the Marxist-Leninist theory of revolution and involved a significant section of the ...

A History of State and Religion in India

A History of State and Religion in India

1st Edition

By Ian Copland, Ian Mabbett, Asim Roy, Kate Brittlebank, Adam Bowles
September 11, 2014

Offering the first long-duration analysis of the relationship between the state and religion in South Asia, this book looks at the nature and origins of Indian secularism. It interrogates the proposition that communalism in India is wholly a product of colonial policy and modernisation, questions ...

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