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India: Development Debates


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New Cambridge History of India Series

New Cambridge History of India, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988-.  [ULIB DS 436 N47 1987]  This series was published in short, self-contained volumes, each dealing with a separate theme within an overall four-part structure. The University Libraries have the following titles from the series:

  • Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age, by Susan Bayly, 1999. This volume explores the factors that gave rise to India's caste society from the pre-colonial era to the end of the twentieth century.
  • Architecture and Art of the Deccan Sultanates, by George Michell and Mark Zebrowski, 1999.  The Deccan sultanates existed during the 14th-18th centuries, and were responsible for building elaborate palaces, tombs and mosques.  This volume covers the artistic achievements of this period.
  • Bengal: The British Bridgehead: Eastern India, 1740-1828, by P.J. Marshall, 1987. Explains how the British established control in Eastern India, and covers the social, political and economic changes that ensued as the country came under British colonialism.
  • European Commercial Enterprise in Pre-Colonial India, by Om Prakash, 1998.  Discusses the influences of the English and Dutch East India Companies on the development of the Indian economy and society.
  • Ideologies of the Raj, by Thomas R. Metcalf, 1994. Examines the British justification for their colonial rule of India.
  • Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire , by C.A. Bayly, 1988. Examines the power and influence of British East India Company during the decline of the Moguls.
  • Socio-religious Reform Movements in British India, by Kenneth W. Jones, 1989.  Examines several religious movements for social change, including  Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian, that relied on religious authority to legitimize their reform platforms. 
  • The Economy of Modern India, 1860-1970, by B.R. Tomlinson, 1993. The author covers economic development in light of change in agriculture, trade, and industry. 
  • The Mughal Empire, by John F. Richards, 1993.  Follows the history of the Mughal empire from its creation  to its breakup in 1720.
  • The Politics of India Since Independence, by Paul R. Brass, 1994.  Provides an extensive study of the major political, societal, and economic changes that have taken place in the country.
  • The Portuguese in India, by M.N. Pearson, 1987.  Discusses the social, economic and religious exchange between Portuguese and Indians from the 16th century on.
  • The Sikhs of the Punjab, by J.S. Grewal, 1991.  Grewel examines the rise of one of the largest and most important communities in India.
  • Women in Modern India, by Geraldine Forbes, 1996.  Looks at the lives of Indian women from colonial times to the twentieth century after Independence.


Other Histories

India, by Michael Wood.  NY: Basic Books, 2007.  Covers five thousand years in the history of India, including regions and cultures, architectural and artistic achievements, and insights into some of the historical figures who played a key role in its development. [DS 436 W67 2007]

India: A Global Studies Handbook, by Fritz Blackwell.  Ranges from pre-history to modern times.

A History of Modern India, 1480-1950, edited by Claude Markovits.  London: Anthem Press, 2004. Comprehensive analysis of India's extensive and diverse history.  [DS 457 H513 2004]

India: An Illustrated History, by Prem Kishore and Anuradha Kishore Ganpati.  NY: Hippocrene Books, 2003.  Easy to read overview of Indian history. [DS 436 K57 2003]

The Rise of India: Its Transformation from Poverty to Prosperity, by Niranjan Rajadhyaksha. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.  This book examines  a number of significant factors affecting the Indian economy: demographics, outsourcing, globalization, finance, aspirations and reforms for the poor. [HC 435.3 R35 2007]