The book offers an insight into the minds of the Indians under the British rule and their struggle for freedom as it gained ground after the Rising of The book is unique in its approach towards presenting the problems of Indians under the British rule. It gives a detailed account of their conflicts, cultural and social changes, their fight for freedom and the acceptance and adaptation to modernism brought in by the foreign rulers. From Plassey To Partition: A History Of Modern India presents the entire history of the British dominion over India through the various struggles and rebellions of the Indians, the rise of Indian leaders and politics, the Partition that led to the creation of Pakistan and finally, Independent India. The entire account has been presented in a unique way by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, who has provided the readers with different perspectives and sides to the entire struggle for Indian freedom. The book also provides 5 maps of India at various times to offer a better understanding of the geography of the time.
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Return to Book Page. More than a survey, and much more than a thematically arranged narrative, this book is an eminently readable account of the emergence of India as a nation. It maps a wide and often complicated terrain of historical happenings, their main players in groups and as individuals, and contexts that enable us to see the formation of a nation through documents of resistance and st More than a survey, and much more than a thematically arranged narrative, this book is an eminently readable account of the emergence of India as a nation.
It maps a wide and often complicated terrain of historical happenings, their main players in groups and as individuals, and contexts that enable us to see the formation of a nation through documents of resistance and struggle, assimilation and rejection. Get A Copy. Unknown Binding , pages. Published July 24th by United Nations first published January More Details Original Title.
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See all 3 questions about From Plassey to Partition…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Objective and comprehensive, it is the one and only book you need to read to grasp the complex contours of modern Indian history. What distinguishes it from other books is that the author Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is careful to treat modern Indian history as a site of intense contestation.
Rather, Bandyopadhyay recognizes that freedom meant different things for different socio-economic groups and furnishes a well-researched summary of various historiographical strands. He also writes about the balancing act Congress had to perform between indigenous capitalists and the working class.
He writes that working class support for the Congress was, in general, weak — industrial workers in Bombay had meanwhile thrown in their lot with the Communists — with the exception of Bengal where their fight was against the British capitalists. He also writes about how caste relations played a role in the success of Congress-led mass movements. In general, many 19th century peasant movements with a significant element of self-initiative were co-opted into the Non Cooperation Movement.
And regions with long-standing resentments often spiraled out of the hands of Congress leaders and turned violent. The movement was controlled and successful primarily in the region where dominant peasant communities such as the Mahishya caste in Bengal and Patidars in Gujarat held sway over lower caste agricultural labourers.
Regions with more cross-caste mobilization, such as Awadh, tended to turn violent. The book is a scholarly achievement, a task made all the more difficult by the proximity of the period under study.
The only thing this book needs are some section headings between the relentless paragraphs. This will help the reader mentally categorize the various crisscrossing strands and combine them to harvest an accessible account of this complex period.
Highly recommended! View all 5 comments. And Wow! This book starts with a brief discussion of the decline of the Mughal Empire during Aurangzeb's time and then describes the political situation in India when the Europeans started increasing their influence. Each of the major events has been analysed well.
However, the best thing about this book was that it provided a variety of opinions by different scholars at every stage. Also, it was totally non-partisan and POVs of all parties have been presented well. Purely for scholarship Phew! However this was a bit dry and took me a couple of months, so 1 rating point has been deducted. Also, the chapter on India post-independence seemed rushed and could have been omitted.
View 2 comments. May 20, Divyeh Raghuvanshi rated it really liked it Shelves: indian-history , british-empire , shekhar-bandopadya. Pretty decent textbook for the period covering from the 18th century to India's recent history. Disliked the last chapter dealing with India's history after independence.
From what I understand the author added it for the second edition as people complained the book ended too abruptly at independence. Unfortunately, he did not manage to do justice to it.
Half of the chapter just deals with the nehruvian era till and overall has a very rushed feeling. Otherwise the book is quite decent.
Whi Pretty decent textbook for the period covering from the 18th century to India's recent history. While other books have focused on giving a broad outline of India's modern history by focusing on the freedom struggle, the author brings in the story of the communities who were fighting for greater rights for themselves besides freedom from the British.
Examples include the struggle for women's rights, struggles by untouchables, communal frictions etc. He uses the latest research in modern Indian historiography to expand on the reasons for the success of the Congress and Mahatma Gandhi's attractiveness to so many people while Gandhi was highly respected by most Indians, author shows how he was a figurehead whose messages were re-interpreted by the protesters to fit their needs rather than followed in the literal sense.
Book shows how many of the Congress' most successful movements were not begun by them. Instead they were local led movements which, after they had reached some success, were led by the Congress.
In short, instead of a top down history, the author attempts to look at the different cacophony of voices which were part of the fabric of Indian history, while at the same time giving a very good broad outline of its movement towards freedom. Indian history has generally been divided in three broad periods: Ancient — from the dawn of history to the coming of Islam; Medieval — Muslim rule up to the Mughal Empire and the Modern — the colonial rule under the British. Bandyopadhyay, who teaches history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has covered, as the title suggests, the hist Indian history has generally been divided in three broad periods: Ancient — from the dawn of history to the coming of Islam; Medieval — Muslim rule up to the Mughal Empire and the Modern — the colonial rule under the British.
Bandyopadhyay, who teaches history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has covered, as the title suggests, the history of India from the coming of the British till they left. By way of an additional chapter, Bandyopadhyay has discussed, in broad brush strokes, the major events and trends of the independent country — from the adoption of the Constitution to the coming of Narendra Modi.
Any reading of modern Indian history invariably leads to a feeling of profound sadness. A 5,year-old civilization — a country that is more an experiment in syncretism than a nation — finds itself broken in three parts as two major religious communities are led to believe that, after 1, years, they can no longer stay together as neighbours. And at what price! How do Pakistanis look at partition of the country and independence?
But clearly the bitterness persists — to the detriment of all of us. All of us — Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis — must realize that mutual recrimination will not take us anywhere.
In the new millennium we have far deadlier demons to fight and defeat — population explosion, climate change, ecological degradation, malevolent and deadly use of technology and weapons of mass destruction, income inequality, dwindling natural resources, water scarcity and what you have.
At least we should. A signal contribution to the study of modern Indian history. Typical history book which give proper scenario of independence how it start , the process of independence and how constitution demand proposed and how Indian achieve freedom from the Britishers View 1 comment. Sep 30, Shubham Bansal rated it it was amazing. So in one place you get all the points required for analysis. Jun 04, Vaishnav rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. Insightful, detailed, amazing.
Apart from reading from ncert textbook and maybe for preparation for competitive examinations, this is the first time i have gone into details about British rule and our struggle for independence. Some of the modern issues such as anti cow slaughter agitations, religion extremisms, role of bhim and ram sena types of group, caste based partiality, untouchability are not new to our nation. These have been in existence since last years.
Still we haven't been able to solve these completely. T Apart from reading from ncert textbook and maybe for preparation for competitive examinations, this is the first time i have gone into details about British rule and our struggle for independence. The writer instead of asserting his opinions, tried to put up an impartial views on what happened and role of various people and organisations.
From Plassey to Partition and After : A History of Modern India
From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India