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ESSAYS IN ANCIENT INDIAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
Edited by Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya
2014, xviii + 240pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-55-9
Price: 1,095

The essays in Essays in Ancient Indian Economic History provide an outline of the change in the status and orientation of early Indian economic history and in the approach to the economic features of ancient Indian history. The essays traverse diverse subjects such as the function of property, family and caste, the origin of the state in early India; agriculture, surplus appropriation and distribution, and labour; the role of crafts and craftsmen in the economy of early India; and trade and trade organizations, and coinage. In doing so, the volume attempts to provide a chronological and spatial view of early Indian economy.
Forthcoming


 Irreverent History

IRREVERENT HISTORY
Essays for M.G.S. Narayanan
Edited by Kesavan Veluthat
and
Donald R. Davis, Jr.


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ESSAYS IN MEDIEVAL INDIAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
Edited by Satish Chandra
2014, xviii + 302pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-58-0
Price: 1,295

Essays in Medieval Indian Economic History is part of a three-volume set, comprising representative articles of Indian History Congress Proceedings (1935-85). In their analysis of the economic history of India during the thirteenth-eighteenth centuries, the essays in this volume delineate a shift from the studies of policies to the working of the revenue system, and its impact on the lives of the Indian people. Further, they highlight patterns and trends of agricultural production, the role of Madadd-i-ma'ash holders, and institutions involved in agricultural expansion and improvement, the incidence of rural taxes and also marks the growing interest in urban studies.
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ESSAYS IN MODERN INDIAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
Edited by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
2014, xxii + 306pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-98-6
Price: 1,295

Essays in Modern Indian Economic History is part of a three-volume set, comprising representative articles of Indian History Congress Proceedings (1935-85). The essays in this volume provide an overview of the continuities and changes in the historians' approach to the economic aspects of 'modern' Indian history. In the agenda of economic historians, the problems uppermost have been the policies of the colonial state, the impact of metropolitan capitalism on colonial trade and industry, and in particular the evolution of land revenue systems in various regions.
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CROSS-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
Practice and Research
Edited by edited by Neelu Rohmetra and Anil Gupta
2014, xvi + 288pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-71-9
Price: 1,495

The need to appreciate cross-cultural perspectives and orientations is increasingly seen as indispensable. Globalization and emerging markets have highlighted the challenges of working in a multicultural environment. Strategically, these challenges can be viewed positively and can be a source of competitive advantage for individuals, organizations, as well as communities and nations. Cross-Cultural Management: Practice and Research focuses on a variety of issues including competencies, communication, tacit knowledge, entrepreneurial attitudes across cultures, multicultural work teams, models of organizational learning and 'crossvergence'.
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CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
Edited by Ashok Aima, Vinay Chauhan and Jaya Bhasin
2014, xiv + 190pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-72-6
Price: 895

Contemporary Trends in Tourism and Hospitality Management attempts an integrated approach to tourism development, focusing on sustainability and authenticity of tourism experiences as effective responses to changes in tourism patterns and relationship matrix, as underpinned by the complex linkages fostered by multiple stakeholders. It discusses issues related to contemporary practices in tourism in order to develop strategic tools to mitigate the challenges faced by stakeholders in planning, implementing innovative programmes and in sustaining holistic tourism development.
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BUDDHISM AT SARNATH
Anand Singh
2014, x + 186pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-74-0
Price: 495

This volume attempts a reconstruction of the different Buddhist traditions that evolved at Sarnath between the preaching of the Four Noble Truths (sixth century bce) and the construction of Dharmachakrajina Vihara (twelfth century ce) in the early medieval age. Sarnath is one of the eight centres of Buddhism. This volume attempts an objective assessment of the history, rise and decline of Sarnath by studying archaeological, epigraphic and literary sources.
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LITERATURE AS HISTORY
From Early to Contemporary Times
Edited by Chhanda Chatterjee
2014, x + 176pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-84082-03-1
Price: 595

Literature as History, between its two seemingly opposite spectrums, puts forth an idea of unusual convergence between the fields of literature and history. It begins by showing how literary material — since the Sangam period of Tamil literary Renaissance in the first millennium up to the very recent globally acclaimed Indo-Anglian literature — has reflected the twists and turns of history. Sometimes it highlights simply the life lived by the people in their everyday contentment and misery; sometimes it is the Sufiana tariqa (the Sufi way) of syncretic spiritualism (tassawuf), and sometimes it is the literary symbolism of nature trying to represent the nation.
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INDIA THROUGH AMERICAN EYES
100 Years Ago
Pran Nevile
2014, xviii + 308pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-56-5
Price: 1,095

India through American Eyes: 100 Years Ago presents a rare collection of writings on India of the early twentieth century — a period that witnessed an upsurge in American consciousness of the Indian nation and its culture. Culled from ASIA: the American Magazine On The Orient (1901-46), the articles in this volume encompass a range of subjects from the nautch girls; snake charmers; issues of caste and class in Indian society; faith and folklore; Christianity and Hinduism to the British Raj; Mahatma Gandhi and his strategies of non-violence and civil disobedience for the freedom struggle; and the personality of Tata, the industrial genius. Taken together, these writings of significant historical value, provide an insight into an India of a bygone era.
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THE POLITICS OF ETHNICITY IN INDIA, NEPAL AND CHINA
Edited by Marine Carrin, Pralay Kanungo and Gιrard Toffin
2014, vii + 344pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-87-0
Price: 1,350

The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China critically examines the social, cultural and political processes that have shaped the lives of ethnic minorities in these societies since the 1950s. In India, the authorities have created smaller states in an attempt to accommodate the political and economic aspirations of some of these groups. Inspired by the Indian experiment, the political elite in Nepal is now seeking to fully integrate the adivasis/janajatis as citizens. The Chinese state, on the other hand ignores the political demands of its minorities, and focuses on their economic development and their modernization.
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DEMOCRACY AND THE CRISIS OF INEQUALITY
Zoya Hasan
2014, xxii + 556pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-89-4
Price: 1,850

Democracy and the Crisis of Inequality analyses how from the early 1990s politics in India began to undergo a fundamental transformation. Ethnic politics occupied centre stage, often prompting violent conflict and major political changes. Some of the essays focus on changes relating to representation, redistribution, social justice, secularism and the changing nature of the State in the wake of economic liberalization and globalization. Key issues that have been discussed are: the policies of group differentiated rights; caste-class politics; regional assertions; women's rights and minority politics and their impact on the pursuit of equality.
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BEYOND THE PRIVATE WORLD
Indian Women in the Public Sphere
Edited by Subrata Bagchi
2014, x + 370pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-84082-02-4
Price: 1,395

Beyond the Private World explores the status of Indian women, through the ages, in the framework of the private-public dichotomy, as reflected in their lives. Keeping in mind the Habermasian concept of 'public sphere' as a reference point, yet mindful of the incongruity between the Eurocentric ideas and the Indian reality this collection of essays appraises the position of Indian women in the pre-modern period with reference to tradition.
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INSCRIPTIONS OF THE VIJAYANAGARA RULERS
Volume V, Part I (Tamil Inscriptions)
Edited by Y. Subbarayalu and S. Rajavelu
2014, xliv + 498pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-75-7
Price: 1,850

The Vijayanagara Empire (c.1336-1650), the first south Indian state spread over most of the peninsula, except Kerala, has, to its credit a rich corpus of inscriptions in three Dravidian languages — Kannada, Tamil and Telugu — besides those in Sanskrit. This volume, the fifth in the ICHR series of Vijayanagara inscriptions, is the first part of a two-volume publication and contains 576 Tamil inscriptions of the pre-Krishnadevaraya period. The inscriptions throw much light on the significance of the Tamil area for the Vijayangara state.
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CONTESTING COLONIALISM AND SEPARATISM
Muslims of Muzaffarpur Since 1857
Mohammad Sajjad
2014, xviii + 266pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-84082-04-8
Price: 1,195

Contesting Colonialism and Separatism: Muslims of Muzaffarpur Since 1857 is an account of the Muslim communities of Muzaffarpur in north Bihar, and explores the history of the area, the socio-political behaviour of the Muslim communities, their economic conditions and negotiations for a share in the power-structure.
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VANGUARDS OF GLOBALIZATION
Port-Cities from the Classical to the Modern
Edited by Rila Mukherjee
2014, xviii + 426pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-94-8
Price: 1,295

Vanguards of Globalization: Port-Cities from the Classical to the Modern looks at the historical evolution of port-cities from emporion to gateway and interrogates their nature over time. This volume studies specific port-cities such as Barbarikon, Chaul, Porto Novo, Madras, Nagasaki, and Sitangkai, and more generally the ports around the Erythraean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, Portuguese, Andhra, Bengal and Vietnamese coast.
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REDEFINING TRIBAL IDENTITY
The Changing Identity of the Santhals in South-West Bengal
Pradip Chattopqadhyay
2014, x + 252pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-91-7
Price: 995

This book tries to cover almost all the debates, from different perspectives, that have raged about the tribal world in recent times. As such the book will be of use to college and university students studying Sociology, Anthropology, History and other branches of Social Science. Researchers and planners may also find this work useful as it attempts to map the way in which ethnic movements in India can move in future.
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CONVERGENCE
Rethinking India's Past
Edited by Radhika Seshan
2014, xii + 134pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-05-4
Price: 695

Convergence: Rethinking India's Past explores the multiplicity of sources that can be used for studying Indian history, this book traces how texts, literature, inscriptions, and other sources have long been but the fountainheads of history.
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INVOKING AMBEDKAR
Contributions, Receptions, Legacies
Edited by Biswamoy Pati
2014, xii + 172pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-90-0
Price: 795

This book brings together a wide variety of scholarly ideas: the way 'Aryans' are perceived in Dalit historical thinking; seeing the problem of Dalit liberation through the lenses of Adam Smith; the election of the Constituent Assembly (1946) with which Ambedkar was intimately involved, and which scripted India's Constitution; the approach of Gandhi and Ambedkar to the process of planning and India's economic development; and Ambedkar's attitude to Marx and Buddha, as well as Dalit Christianity. This book also includes a comparative study of Ambedkar and some of his contemporaries like Charan Singh and Ram Manohar Lohia in Uttar Pradesh.
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MUGHAL ARCHITECTURE
An Outline of its History and Development (1526-1858) (Revised Edition)
Ebba Koch
2014, xvi + 160pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-53-5
Price: 1,950

This unique book, covers the whole range of Mughal architecture and including the numerous new photographs and detailed plans, presents the results of the author's extensive field work in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as Iran and the central Asian region of the Soviet Union. The author's in-depth knowledge of the original sources provides the reader with invaluable background information.

'Ebba Koch's survey of the whole range of Mughal architecture is... marked by impressive scholarship... in a short space, a remarkable full selection of Mughal architecture is illustrated and discussed with precision and expertise.'
— GILES TILLOTSON, South Asian Studies

'Ebba Koch's volume is by far the best available survey of Mughal architecture. It incorporates the latest theories on identifications and chronology, as well as information on hitherto little known buildings.'
— GEORGE MICHELL, The India Magazine
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INTERROGATING POLITICS & SOCIETY
Twentieth-Century Indian Subcontinent
Suranjan Das
2014, xvi + 212pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-77-1
Price: 950

Interrogating Politics & Society: Twentieth-Century Indian Subcontinent broadly addresses three themes relevant to South Asian history: communalism, nationalism and the social underworld. Focusing on communal riots and patterns of communal mobilizations in twentieth-century subcontinent, the essays in this volume enrich our understanding of an issue that continues to plague our body politic.
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ESSAYS ON HINDUISM
Third Edition
Karan Singh
2014, x + 168pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-84082-01-7
Price: 395

In this collection of essays the author discusses the basics of Hinduism. Outlining the message of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Upanisads, he argues that Hinduism is not a cult, nor a bunch of dogmas, but a religion of the highest order that speaks of an immanent and transcendental god. It also offers a philosophy of life that cuts across ethnic and geographic barriers between men.
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MUSIC AND THE SPIRITUAL
Composers and Politics in the 20th Century
Antony Copley
2013, 352pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-96-2
Price: 352

Music knows no frontiers. And, any Indian listener to the music of the selected twentieth century continental European composers discussed in this book will recognize the latters' response to the horrors of their times: war, violence, totalitarian systems of Left and Right, Gulag and Holocaust, and Occupations, both Nazi and Soviet.

'This is an accessible and thoughtful study, the aim of which is to examine music as an expression of the spiritual within an 'Age of Fear'... [T]his is, in several respects, an enjoyable and insightful book...'
— CHRISTOPHER PARTRIDGE, Religious Studies Review
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RELIGIOUS TRADITION AND CULTURE IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY NORTH INDIA
Tabir Kalam
2013, xii + 188pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-39-9
Price: 795

Religious Tradition and Culture in Eighteenth Century North India contends that the 'decline' in the political scenario of eighteenth-century India did not imply an all-round decay and stagnation of society, especially in its religious and cultural realms. The emergence of regional forces, following the disintegration of the Mughal empire, greatly aided the promotion of regional centres which provided the grounds for a religious and cultural efflorescence.
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FEDERALIZING INDIA IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION
M.P. Singh and Rekha Saxena
2013, xii + 224pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-59-7
Price: 850

This book is a comprehensive academic intervention in analyzing and explaining the federal formation in Modern India and the various aspects of the new federal developments in Indian Political System.
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ZAFAR AND THE RAJ
Anglo-Mughal Delhi c. 1800-1850
Amar Farooqui
2013, xiv + 220pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-73-3
Price: 850

Zafar and the Raj is a study of the formative phase of the history of colonial Delhi, a phase that from its duality, social and political, may be referred to as Anglo-Mughal. This book is also a political biography of Zafar. It aims to present the story of his life not, as is typical, from the perspective of the revolt of 1857, but in terms of Zafar as a prominent local aristocratic figure who was part of the Urdu-speaking urban elite of the first half of the nineteenth century.
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CALENDAR OF PERSIAN CORRESPONDENCE
With an Introduction by Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam
2013, vols. I-V, 2666pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-54-2
Price: 8,730

The year 1911 saw the publication of the first volume of the Calendar of Persian Correspondence, arguably the most significant publication of the period of the Imperial Record Department that had been founded in 1891, under G.W. Forrest. One of Forrest's eventual successors was C.R. Wilson, who conceived a 'brilliant scheme, that of calendaring the entire series of Persian records...'.
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VANDE MATARAM
The Biography of a Song (Revised Edition)
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
2013, xvi + 132pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-49-8
Price: 695

There are some writings which remain in the pages of books, and then there are some exceptional writings which come out of the pages and enter our life. The song Vande Mataram is of that exceptional kind. When we look back to that song published 130 years ago in 1882 and written even earlier, many questions crowd our mind. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya revisits the fascinating story he told in a widely acclaimed book he wrote in 2003 providing satisfaction for our inquisitive mind.
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PLURAL CULTURES AND MONOLITHIC STRUCTURES
Comprehending India
Kapila Vatsyayan
2013, xiv + 232pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-45-0
Price: 850

The essays in this volume raise a set of highly pertinent questions with regard to comprehending the complex issues that arise when plural cultures meet the monolithic structures of administration and policy that accompany the aspirations of the nation state.
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NETWORKS OF TRADE, POLITY, AND SOCIETAL INTEGRATION IN CHOLA-ERA SOUTH INDIA, C. 875-1279
Kenneth R. Hall
2013, xii + 280pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-44-1
Price: 1,095

Networks of Trade, Polity, and Societal Integration in Chola-Era South India, c. 875-1279 considers issues of emic ('local') and etic ('external') agency; the origin of urban communities relative to movements of material and ideational 'commodities'; confrontations between alien cultures, formation of plural societies, dual loyalties, and multiple affiliations.
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EPITHALAMIUMS
An Anthology of Marriage Poems from Chaucer to the Modern Age
Edited and annotated by Masoodul Hasan and Syed Naqi Husain Jafri
2013, xvi + 280pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-35-1
Price: 995

Anthologies provide ready, expansive insights into specific forms of literature. In the genre of poetry, nuptial poetry is singularly under-represented. The present anthology aims to compensate for this, and offers a comprehensive selection of epithalamic poetry from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries.
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COLONIAL AND CONTEMPORARY BIHAR AND JHARKHAND
Edited by Lata Singh and Biswamoy Pati
2013, VIII + 256pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-92-4
Price: 995

Bihar and Jharkhand have been the arena of diverse social and political struggles since colonial times. The formation of the state of Jharkhand, which was earlier a part of Bihar and known as Chotanagpur, has been the result of movements for statehood, some of which have not only created a democratic space in these regions, but also brought about a paradigm shift in Indian politics. Colonial and Contemporary Bihar and Jharkhand tries to capture the complexities of some of these diverse movements.
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DICTIONARY OF HISTORICAL PLACES
Bengal, 1757-1947
Edited by Ranjan Chakrabarti
2013, xxviii + 686pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-41-2
Price: 1,295

This volume is the first of its kind to deal with the little known histories of hundreds of places in Bengal. Given the recurring geophysical and climatic disruptions in West Bengal, repeated changes of administrative units and names, lack of collective memory or adequately documented folk sources or oral traditions, the compilation of such a dictionary brings its own challenges. The entries in this dictionary are but an attempt at writing aspects of local history during a particular period, and demonstrate how numerous factors affected the landscape of West Bengal.
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OCEANS CONNECT
Reflections on Water Worlds across Time and Space
Edited by Rila Mukherjee
2012, xvi + 296pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-40-5
Price: 995

Oceans Connect: Reflections on Water Worlds across Time and Space explores how seas and oceans connect not only geographically but also through networks of trade, cooperation, beliefs, scientific knowledge and even rumour.
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RELIGION AND IDEOLOGY OF THE REBELS OF 1857
Iqbal Husain
2012, x + 218pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-48-1
Price: 850

Departing from the dominant historiography, Religion and Ideology of the Rebels of 1857 seeks to understand the ideological elements to the background of the rebellion and in doing so brings to light largely unexplored sources such as the proclamations of the rebels and their sympathizers and the correspondence they carried out amongst themselves.
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TEXTBOOK OF MEDIEVAL INDIAN HISTORY
Sailendra Nath Sen
2012, x + 278pp, Pb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-34-4
Price: 275

A Textbook of Medieval Indian History studies aspects of the political history of medieval India and examines the socio-economic changes, administrative innovations, and cultural ferments during this period.
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THE SONG OF THE LOOM
Vijaya Ramaswamy
2012, 154pp + 28 plates (16 in colour), Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-46-7
Price: 795

The Song of the Loom tells the story of the hoary tradition of textile weaving in southern India from the perspective of the weavers. It is, hence a narrative from below, mediated through the author's interaction with weaving communities for over two decades.
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COMPOSITE CULTURE UNDER THE SULTANATE OF DELHI
Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui
2012, 200pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-37-5
Price: 795

This work explores the cultural orientation of the sultanate of Delhi, a subject on which little work has been done so far. The architects of the sultanate introduced a new system of governance with novel social and cultural institutions, and Persian as an official language.
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WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT
Self, Society and Empowerment
Edited by Posh Charak and Chandra Mohan
2012, xxvi + 284pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-32-0
Price: 995

This book explores notions of development as they relate to women and representations of women in society and literature across the world. Multidisciplinary in its approach, the essays in this volume examine subjects such as women's writing, dialectics of the self and society, as well as empowerment, to trace women's negotiation for space.
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THE MUGHALS, THE PORTUGUESE AND THE INDIAN OCEAN
Changing Imageries of Maritime India
Pius Malekandathil
2012, viii + 234pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-33-7
Price: 850

This volume explores the changing meanings that maritime India acquired during the early modern period owing to the frequent efforts of the Mughals and the Portuguese from two different fronts to control its vast resourceful enclaves and profit-yielding neighbourhoods. By addressing themes that have not been explored before, this volume creates a new framework for understanding the changing nature of maritime India.

'In effect this book is a welcome relief from the often told stories of maritime history as it looks at the scenario afresh and the integrated approach of sea, land and religion and the logical arrangement of the chapters make the reader sit up and read with attention.'
— K A NARSIAH, The Hindu
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A HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD
An Outline
Ranjan Chakrabarti
2012, xiv + 416pp, Pb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-50-4
Price: 295

A History of the Modern World: An Outline is an introductory text that provides a wellrounded historical account of the processes of the modern world, ranging from the French Revolution and Napoleon to the Cold War.
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DESI DREAMS
Indian Immigrant Women Build Lives Across Two Worlds
Ashidhara Das
2012, xviii + 162pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-47-4
Price: 795

Desi Dreams focuses on the construction of self and identity by Indian immigrant professional and semi-professional women who live and work in the US.

'Ashidhara's work tries to lend content and meaning to one such flow of human experience, namely those of the migrant Indian professional women in America. Recapturing the lives of these women, the author also pleads for their cause by unfolding the dilemmas of their life-experience and locating it within the debates on diasporic identities'
— SUPARNA GOOPTU, The Sunday Statesman

'A member of the Indian diaspora, the author provides a much-needed insider perspective in analysing the contested self and identity of Indian immigrant women in the U.S. Interweaving anthropological fieldwork with strong theoretical insights, she presents an absorbing narrative of a less analysed aspect of the quintessential American success story of migration. Although based on the experience of Indian immigrant women in the U.S., this ethnographic work contains insights that would be useful in analysing diaspora communities elsewhere in the world... Situating immigrant women at the centre of this discourse, the book offers a fresh perspective in understanding diaspora communities and is a worthy contribution to the growing literature on gender, work and immigration.'
— RAKKEE THIMOTHY, The Hindu
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INDIAN DIASPORA IN THE CARIBBEAN
History, Culture and Identity
Edited by Rattan Lal Hangloo
2012, x + 174pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-38-2
Price: 795

This collection of essays seeks to explore some aspects of the history of Indian emigration to the Caribbean, which is one of the most significant events in the history of Indian indentured migration that took place to different parts of the world during the second half of the nineteenth century.

'...Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean..., touches upon the diverse aspects of the history of Indians who migrated to the Caribbean between the 1840s until the 1920s, mostly as indentured labourers. The understanding of the migrant Indian populations in the Caribbean is complicated by the heterogeneity of the group in terms of cultural practices and the complex nature of the encounter between "indigenous" cultures and colonial domination.'
— SAGNIK DATTA, Frontline
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DISCIPLINED NATIVES
Race, Freedom and Confinement in Colonial India
Satadru Sen
2012, viii + 360pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-31-3
Price: 995

This volume examines three interrelated aspects of the history of British India: race, the disciplining institution, and attempts by the colonized to imagine states of freedom. They deal with sites as diverse as the prison, the family, the classroom, the playing field and children's literature.
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RECORDING THE PROGRESS OF INDIAN HISTORY
Symposia Papers of the Indian History Congress, 1992-2010
Edited by S Z H Jafri
2012, x + 530pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-28-3
Price: 1,495

The volume introduces groundbreaking research from a number of top Indian scholars and therefore makes a notable advancement in the fields of History and Archaeology in India.
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THE SPINNING WORLD
A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850
Edited by Giorgio Riello and Prasannan Parthasarathi
2012, xvi + 490pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-29-0
Price: 1,795

Ranging from China and Japan, to Europe, the Ottoman Empire, South-East Asia, and East and West Africa, the essays in this volume explore the global exchange and use of cotton textiles in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic worlds, as well as the impact of Indian cotton on local consumption and production systems. Taken together, they provide a wide-ranging picture of cotton cloth in the centuries between 1200 and 1850, as well as a framework which decenters Europe in the pre-modern global order.

'A rich resource on the multiplicity of global experience in preindustrial cotton textile production and trade. As such it will surely open the way to fresh enquiry.'
— DAVID JEREMY, Business History Review

'The Spinning World is based on a rich vein of scholarship... there are no weak links.'
— JOHN SINGLETON, Business History

'A collection of essays of high factual value and close scrutiny of process, its revisionism lying in its world-ranging approach to a subject which has largely been viewed from a Western perspective.'
— JANE JAKEMAN, Times Literary Supplement

'A significant addition to the growing number of multi-authored histories of globally traded commodities... This well-edited collection is also beautifully illustrated and designed, as befits its rich and fascinating content.'
— R C NASH, Economic History Review
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MEDIEVAL INDIAN MINDSCAPES
Space, Time, Society, Man
Eugenia Vanina
2012, x + 336pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-19-1
Price: 995

The book centres on the world perception of the Indians in pre-colonial times, both in the specific features of their 'mental programme' and its comparability with counterparts in other pre-modern societies. While analysing the importance of space in the medieval world view, the book discusses how medieval Indians comprehended their territories and the landscape as 'their own' vis-ΰ-vis the 'alien' space; the development of territorial-cultural and territorial-political identities, and knowledge about other lands and peoples.
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HEALTH CARE IN BOMBAY PRESIDENCY, 1896–1930
Mridula Ramanna
2012, x + 202pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-24-5
Price: 795

Studying aspects of public health in Bombay Presidency from 1896 to 1930, and using extensive primary data, this book contributes to an understanding of the all India public health scenario of the pre-independence years. It will be of interest to scholars of history, sociology, community health, gender studies, and South Asian studies, as well as to health workers and NGOs.

'Health Care in Bombay Presidency, 1896-1930 by Mridula Ramanna is a well-brought out book. It attempts to move out of the much-studied 18th century to look at the early 19th century's medical history of India and adds fresh historical material on some aspects of public health in that period.'
— IMRANA QADEER, Economic & Political Weekly
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CHANDERNAGORE
From Bondage to Freedom, 1900–1955
Sailendra Nath Sen
2012, x + 376pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-23-8
Price: 1,150

Utilizing diverse original sources from India and France, as well as the private papers of Debendra Nath Dash, a key figure in Chandernagore politics, this book examines the unfolding events in the struggle of the people of Chandernagore against French colonial rule.
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POPULAR TRANSLATIONS OF NATIONALISM
Bihar, 1920-1922
Lata Singh
2012, x + 278pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-13-9
Price: 995

The book revisits the historiography on nationalism by moving beyond the binary of elite and subaltern nationalism and focuses on the complex nature of popular nationalism. It also underscores the protests of the subordinate police, an area which has so far remained unexplored.
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THE CITY AND THE COUNTRY IN EARLY INDIA
A Study of Malwa
P K Basant
2012, x + 370pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-15-3
Price: 1,150

This book is about the emergence of urban centres in the sixth century BCE, and analyses the processes and spatiality of urbanization, taking Malwa as its case study taking up a careful analysis of archaeological sources.

'The effort is stupendous, the sweep is vast, the study is exhaustive, and the impact enlightening.'
— HARBANS SINGH, The Tribune
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TRADE AND POLITICS ON THE COROMANDEL COAST
Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries
Radhika Seshan
2012, x + 138pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-25-2
Price: 695

This regional history challenges accepted notions about the place of merchants and the state, and through a detailed economic history, sheds new light on the political and transitional nature of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

'Dr Radhika Seshan raises a series of questions, especially on the contested relationship between politics and trade, showing some very intricate and important connections. Though much of the information here is familiar, this is still a lively and well researched account.'
— MICHAEL N PEARSON, University of New South Wales
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ENSLAVED INNOCENCE
Child labour in South Asia
Edited by Shakti Kak and Biswamoy Pati
2012, x + 334pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-30-6
Price: 995

This volume explores the historical, economic, and social factors surrounding the issue of child labour and attempts to highlight the structural factors in capitalist societies that have made such exploitation possible.

'In the context of the enactment of the 'Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009' the present volume is significant as it takes a view that combating child labour can happen only when every child is in school.'
— SHANTHA SINHA, The Book Review
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NARRATIVES FROM THE MARGINS
Aspects of Adivasi History in India
Edited by Sanjukta Das Gupta and Raj Sekhar Basu
2012, x + 298pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-10-8
Price: 995

The essays in this book discuss a range of issues affecting the socio-economic and cultural life of the adivasis. They also reflect some of the concerns about the methodology and resources, the impact of missionaries, gender issues, the agrarian situation, famines and migration.
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THE MEASURE OF TIME IN THE APPRAISAL OF SOCIAL REALITY
Ramkrishna Mukherjee
2012, x + 88pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-26-9
Price: 595

Coming on the eve of the Indian elections of 2009, The Measure of Time in the Appraisal of Social Reality is an explosive exposι of what went wrong in Indian developmental planning. Focusing on land, caste, and gender issues, the book is a scathing critique of how the nexus between politics and academic neo-colonialism has subverted the cause of genuine development in India.
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WHY UNITARY SOCIAL SCIENCE?
Ramkrishna Mukherjee
2012, x + 132pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-27-6
Price: 695

Why Unitary Social Science? pleads for a comprehensive appraisal of social reality. Tracing the visionary and transformative paths of reality from subjective to objective points of view, Mukherjee argues that it is precisely the division of social sciences into discrete disciplines that thwarts the emergence of an objective science of society.

'Ramkrishna Mukherjee has made a strong case, with his usual insights and clarity, for a unitary social science. This is a book to be taken very seriously by the world's social scientists.'
— IMMANUEL WALLERSTEIN, Yale University
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APPLIED CASE STUDIES IN MARKETING
S Shajahan
2011, 590pp, Pb (in Demy 4To) with CD
ISBN: 978-93-80607-11-5
Price: 649

The 2008 recession had brought to the fore the need to substantially revise the process and content of the marketing curriculum to match the requirements of global businesses, especially during market turbulence. The 8 chapters on fundamentals of marketing, 6 Indian case studies and the CD that accompanies the book, will help to introduce young MBAs to new material as well as different ways of viewing the traditional content.

'It is a fact that we teach more case studies from the Western world and few studies of our own success stories. I am happy to recommend Applied Case Studies in Marketing for it fills precisely that lacuna. This handsomely brought out book is neatly structured with colour-coded subheadings and boxes making the sections easy to identify. To make the book student and instructor friendly, Professor Shajahan has very thoughtfully included 'snapshots' wherein he summarizes the main ideas, capturing the essence of the text alongside.'
— PROFESSOR ASHOKE K DUTTA
Director, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong

'Applied Case Studies in Marketing is a perfect example of how we can design curricula for a dynamic subject like marketing. Professor Shajahan has chosen his case studies with a focus on the emerging sectors of the Indian economy, while giving real time scenario-like narrations of the case studies and their subsequent analysis.'
— PROFESSOR OMKUMAR KRISHNAN
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
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PELAGIC PASSAGEWAYS
The Northern Bay of Bengal Before Colonialism
Edited by Rila Mukherjee
2011, xii + 520pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-20-7
Price: 1,395

This book visualizes the cultural space of the northern Bay of Bengal as embracing upland landlocked areas — Ava, Yunnan, the Tripuri, Dimasa and Ahom states — not usually seen as part of maritime history, therefore suggesting that they too be studied as a part of the social and commercial networks of the Indian Ocean.

'This book defines the place of the Bay of Bengal in the larger Indian Ocean world, relative to the historical significance of its polycentric ports, trade, commercial/financial, and cultural networks. The book addresses regional upstream-downstream linkages, characterized by human dialogue rather than domination that extended beyond contemporary political borders, most notably in the connection between the Bay and China's Yunnan province.'
— KENNETH R. HALL, Professor of History
Ball State University, Indiana and
Member, Advisory Board
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

'The key contribution of this book is that it asks us to look at the northern Bay of Bengal, and its surrounding landed areas, and to consider if this is a region which has enough commonalities so that it can be studied just as we study, say, India’s west coast, or the Coromandel. At first sight this is an extraordinary claim, for we are looking at parts of four different modern states — India, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar — with a host of different languages, and with vast geographical differences, from deltas to flood plains to mountains. The achievement of the book is that it makes a powerful case for a positive answer.'
— MICHAEL N. PEARSON, Emeritus Professor of History
University of New South Wales
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APPROACHES TO HISTORY
Essays in Indian Historiography
Edited by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
2011, x + 366pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-17-7
Price: 1,095

Historiography in itself as a subject of study has rarely found its place in the syllabi of Indian universities, while knowledge of Historiography is often taken for granted when a scholar plunges into research. This first volume in a series of volumes on Historiography, as planned by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), attempts to address this lacuna by studying areas of research presently at the frontiers of new research.

'Approaches to History is a superb anthology for the choice of themes as well as for the scholarly ways of addressing [them]. All essays in the book are informative and analytical, none polemical, and some truly brilliant.'
— B. SURENDRA RAO, The Hindu
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THE VARIED FACETS OF HISTORY
Essays in Honour of Aniruddha Ray
Edited by Ishrat Alam and Syed Ejaz Hussain
2011, viii + 308pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-17-7
Price: 795

With contributions from eminent historians of the subcontinent, this book throws new light on numerous aspects of Indian history: its sources and their interpretations; the evolution of cultural aspects like languages especially Hindi and Bengali; archaeology; painting; technology; trade and commerce and labour.
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INSIGHTS AND INTERVENTIONS
Essays in Honour of Uma Chakravarti
Edited by Kumkum Roy
2011, viii + 192pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-22-1
Price: 795

Delving into texts ranging from the Rigveda to contemporary Dalit literature, and using diverse analytical strategies to understand present-day situations and experiences, the contributors of this volume address themes like issues of caste, nationalism, gendered identities, communalization, sexualities, socio-political relationships in all their complexities and the modes of transmission of ancient texts.

'Uma Chakravarti, feminist historian, teacher, and democratic rights' activist, has inspired generations of teachers and students. Contributors to this volume, in the process of acknowledging their indebtedness to or by way of paying tribute to the never-say-done spirit of Uma, take off from and build upon the insights her varied and rich scholarship has brought to the discipline of History...'
— PADMINI SWAMINATHAN, The Hindu
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BAL GANGADHAR TILAK
Popular Readings
Edited by Biswamoy Pati
2011, x + 118pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-18-4
Price: 595

This book explores Bal Gangadhar Tilak's engagements, not just with the Indian national movement, but also with the nuanced diversities associated with a context that preceded the mass movements. The contributors attempt to historicize a nationalist icon, presenting a holistic picture of a leading nationalist personality, including his contradictions and ambiguities, making both Tilak and his context accessible.
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RITUAL, CASTE AND RELIGION IN COLONIAL SOUTH INDIA
Edited by Michael Bergunder, Heiko Frese and Ulrike Schrφder
2011, x + 376pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-21-4
Price: 1,095

Making use of a detailed analysis of Tamil and Telugu sources, and through an examination of the newly established print media of the time, the book explores the impact of notions of rituals, caste and religion in the formation of social, cultural and religious identities of the society of colonial south India.
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TRANSMISSIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS
Learning through the Arts in Asia
Edited by Kapila Vatsyayan
2011, x + 176pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-14-6
Price: 650

The essays in this volume, by educationists from different Asian countries, highlight the diverse and the distinctive ways of transmitting knowledge through the arts and crafts, which also contribute to the recent focus on evolving alternative pedagogical tools in the formal and non-formal systems of education.
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A VOYAGE TO MODERNISM: SYED AHMED KHAN
Translated and edited by Mushirul Hasan and Nishat Zaidi
2011, lvi + 208pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-07-8
Price: 950

This book, enriched by the editorial interventions of the translators and editors, provides a description of Syed Ahmed Khan's experiences in Marseilles and Paris, and eventually in England, to encapsulate his growing inclination to modernism vis-a-vis Indian Muslims, their education and, the adoption of Western science and thought.
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NETWORKS IN THE FIRST GLOBAL AGE: 1400-1800
Edited by Rila Mukherjee
2011, xxvi + 384pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-09-2
Price: 1,395

Viewing the waterscapes as conduits of economic and cultural sharing between peoples and lands, the book focuses on the Indian, the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, while studying economic, military and cultural transmissions within and across them.

'The story of Kasimbazar's networks is one of many networks described in a remarkable book, Networks in the First Global Age 1400-1800 … It contains contributions from Indian, French, Iberian and American scholars. It studies networks such as the one in the Portuguese city of Porto which linked the Asian and Atlantic networks, the one in Ladakh which linked South and Central Asian markets, … Its central assumption is that to understand the flow of historical events you need to study the networks in operation and the nature of connectivity among these networks. This is a dramatic departure from earlier historical methods which would have viewed, … events in the 'small world' Kasimbazar as deriving from its role as a small town in a larger empire, the Mughal, or to view it as a participant in the events in a particular period, that is, the 17th and 18th centuries.'
— AJIT BALAKRISHNAN, Business Standard.
Ajit Balakrishnan is founder and CEO of Rediff.com
and also Chairman, Governing Council, IIM-C
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SINDIAS AND THE RAJ
Princely Gwalior, c. 1800-1850
Amar Farooqui
2011, x + 158pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-08-5
Price: 650

The book attempts a reappraisal of several facets of the history of Malwa in the colonial period, including the history of the Pindaris, and the trade in Malwa opium.
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THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE IN COLONIAL INDIA
Biswamoy Pati and Mark Harrison
2011, xiv + 242pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-12-2
Price: 795
Only for sale in South Asia

The volume explores a unique set of themes that capture the diversities of India, such as public health, medical institutions, mental illness and the politics and economics of colonialism. It will be of interest to scholars of history, especially the history of medicine and the history of colonialism and imperialism, sociology, social anthropology, cultural theory, and South Asian Studies, as well as to health workers and NGOs.

'The book is a must for students of the history of South Asia, and not just its medical history, since it has a lot about colonial rule in practice.'
— MICHAEL MANN, H-Soz-u-Kult
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RELIGION, CASTE AND POLITICS IN INDIA
Christophe Jaffrelot
2010, xxxii + 802pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-04-7
Price: 2,250

This book makes a detailed study on the functioning of India's democracy on the one hand, and the way India relates to the world on the other. For the former, it examines the Indian political culture where caste and religion, including Hindu nationalism and lower caste politics play a major role. Discussing the way India relates to the world, it takes a close look at India's ties with the US, Russia and Europe, to analyse its status as an emerging world power.

'Christophe Jaffrelot has for some fifteen years been a major source of work first on Hindu nationalist politics, and more recently on low caste politics in India. [This volume] brings together a collection in English of more than 30 of Jaffrelot's many articles and contributions to edited volumes on different aspects of Indian politics. Some of these articles have been very influential in their own right, whilst others have worked as "feeders" into his major works such as those mentioned above. My judgement is that this kind of volume would be a welcome addition to the literature on modern Indian politics.'
— JOHN ZAVOS, University of Manchester
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BEING TRIBAL
Shereen Ratnagar
2010, xiv + 112pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-02-3
Price: 825

The book discusses the definition of tribal society, tribal migrations in history, agricultural production and is the result of ethno-archaeological research amongst tribal people in eastern Gujarat.

'The book argues convincingly that "modest land allocations" should be made to tribal households so that they could eke out their livelihood by adopting their time-tested traditional methods of cultivation.'
— The Hindu

'The book ... is about sustainable subsistence system of the Rathwa and Dhanak communities in Tejgarh-Chhota Udepur area in eastern Gujarat, which forms the huge tribal belt of central India. Locating the tribal situation in the context of increasing rural poverty and marginalisation, the specific purpose of Ratnagar's study is to show how 'tribal people, given access to a minimum of land, water and forest resources, can see to their food security even this day and age, however "quaint" or "primitive" their ways may appear'. ... The main part of the book is an attempt to understand how the Rathwas, Dhanak and Naikdas, of Malaja and Ambala villages in Rewakantha, have managed to survive within constraints, in difficult conditions, with limited resources. ... The discussion over the next two chapters brings out the main argument of the book, that although incorporation into the market is both inevitable and healthy, to some extent, the 'absence of production for the market is one of the factors that has enabled tribal society to maintain its autonomy and the robustness of some (at least) of its cultural distinction'. ... The most important point Ratnagar makes is that Rathwas and Dhanaks, like many other tribal communities in the world, are capable of managing their resources well, wisely, skilfully and sustainably, and hold together as a group with good institutions. ... Ratnagar's book is easy to read. It is theoretically informed and empirically insightful. ... It is a book written with concern and competence, and "from the heart" which shows in the prominent place her informants find the book.'
— INDRA MUNSHI, Economic & Political Weekly
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LITERATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY IN MUGHAL NORTH INDIA, 1550-1800
Sandhya Sharma
2010, x + 232pp + 16 colour plates, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-1-3
Price: 1,195

This book provides a detailed analysis of Riti Kal poetry, which in turn helps us understand the administrative set-up, kinship, caste and gender norms that prevailed in pre-modern India.

'The book can also be placed alongside, and in counterpoint to, scholarship on the changing tenor of Indo-Persian aesthetic cultures in the Mughal period (as in the work of Sunil Sharma and Muzaffar Alam). Sharma's study is an indispensable contribution, pointing to new and revelatory considerations of a highly formalized literature vitally engaged in history.'
— SUTOPA DASGUPTA, Harvard University
The Journal of Asian Studies

'Sandhya Sharma's work captures an intense cultural moment and documents the social and cultural history of that moment using poetry as evidence. In this effort, she steers away from the mainstream ideas . . . [and] unambiguously provides sufficient ground for her innovative research methodology... a fine balance between materials and analysis constitutes the real strength of this work.'
— AFSAR MOHAMMED
University of Texas in Itinerario (Cambridge Journals)
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MUSIC AS HISTORY IN TAMILNADU
T K Venkatasubramanian
2010, xvi + 158pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-06-1
Price: 695

This volume examines the ways in which interdisciplinarity between music and history may be established and also how history and aesthetics exist in reciprocal relation to one another.

'Musical heritage ... territorially binds all the four linguistic States of southern India. The book traces the historical growth of music as a classical art in the Tamil-speaking areas of south India .... An interesting dimension of this evolutionary process is the deification of the king, with musical pieces singing his glory and attributing divinity to his persona.'
— The Hindu
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CHINGIZ KHAN
The Life and Legacy of an Empire Builder
Syed Anwarul Haque Haqqi
2010, xxx + 326pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-9-9
Price: 995

This volume provides an evocative account of Temuchin Chingiz Khan, who knitted the warring Mongol tribes into well-trained warriors, and who went on to establish an empire from the Great Wall of China to the Caspian Sea and the Indus River.

'The book contains an elaborate and well classified bibliography and index and the appendix includes a useful collection of the most important sources of the Mongol period.'
— TABIR KALAM, The Book Review

'The book... is quite relevant to the students of medieval Indian history because the emergence of the Delhi Sultanate cannot be understood without taking into account the Mongol presence in northwestern India... The book contains seven historical maps, which complement the text in several meaningful ways... the publisher has done a tremendous job in producing a beautiful volume...'
— SURINDER SINGH, Summerhill
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ESSAYS ON LITERATURE, HISTORY AND SOCIETY
Syed Naqi Husain Jafri
2010, xxii + 218pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-5-1
Price: 675

The collection of essays looks at various themes such as ghazal as a form of non-conformist poetry, Hispano-Arabic connections with English poetry, Syed Ahmad Khan's role in the Urdu-Hindi controversy, and madrasa education and its contemporary criticism.
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INDO-PERSIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY
Up to the Thirteenth Century
Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui
2009, viii + 208pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-0-6
Price: 795

Using literary works as sources of history, this book examines the methods employed by the early Indo-Persian historians to write the history of India. It is a pioneering work insofar as it attempts to study the social background and the religious and political ideals of each of the writers included in this book.

'This work is undoubtedly a valuable contribution and it is based on and reflective of the author's complete mastery over a wide range of sources which no serious scholar of early Medieval Indian historiography can afford to ignore.'
— TABIR KALAM, The Book Review
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GINANS
Texts and Contexts, Essays on Ismaili Hymns from South Asia
Edited by Francoise Mallison and Tazim R. Kassam
2010, xxvi + 226pp, Hb with CD
ISBN: 978-81-908918-7-5
Price: 795

This volume on the Ginans illustrates how Satpanth Ismaili Muslims of South Asia were influenced by the surrounding cultures and philosophies, and evolved new ways of expressing their beliefs and values.
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MARITIME INDIA
Trade, Religion and Polity in the Indian Ocean
Pius Malekandathil
2010, xxviii + 212pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-01-6
Price: 695

This volume discusses the socio-economic and political processes that evolved over centuries in the coastal fringes of India and out of the circuits of the Indian Ocean, to give it the consciousness and identity of Maritime India.

'Dr Malekandathil has done justice to this region (the history of Portuguese-Ottoman rivalry in the Indian Ocean) in this pioneering book.'
— DIETMAR ROTHERMUND, Hiedelberg

'Significantly, Pius has dealt with the India-Sassanid (Persia) maritime trade and its impact on society, an area that has not been gone into by the earlier studies.'
— The Hindu

'We owe it to Pius Malekandathil: his recent compilation … has made it easier for us to appreciate better the insights he has been contributing … to the understanding of maritime India.'
— Herald Opinion
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COASTAL HISTORIES
Society and Ecology in pre-Modern India
Edited by Yogesh Sharma
2010, xii + 216pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-00-9
Price: 695

The book, thus takes up for consideration maritime and oceanic history and related thematic engagements such as the history of overseas exploration and expansion, naval-military history, shipping, port cities, the role of migrations and cross-cultural processes.

'Well-researched and documented, quite a few of the articles throw valuable new light on the early modern maritime history of India.'
— The Hindu
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THE MAKING OF THE AWADH CULTURE
Madhu Trivedi
2010, xii + 314pp + 32 plates (4 in colour), Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-8-2
Price: 1,095

This book makes an extensive study of the art and culture of Awadh during the Nawabi period (c. 1722-1856), with a focus on the city of Lucknow. It takes up evidence available in the Persian and Urdu languages, as well as performance traditions and craft techniques of the age.

'This well researched work is indeed a significant and valuable contribution to the real of knowledge and could be apt spring board for further researches in socio-economic and cultural history. The presentation of the book is praiseworthy. The lucid and convincing language makes the book all the more an interesting reading.'
— PRODEEP KUMAR GHOSH, Summerhill
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INDIA'S PRINCELY STATES
People, Princes and Colonialism
Edited by Waltraud Ernst and Biswamoy Pati
2010, 244pp, Pb
ISBN: 978-93-80607-03-0
Price: 495

This book reassesses the place of the Indian princely states within the history of South Asia and weaves together hitherto uncharted areas.

'The twelve essays in this volume deal with a range of understudied topics related to the Indian princely states…. [T]he contributors generally share a habit of utilizing rare archival sources materials to critique the colonial mode of historiography and the tradition that studies the Indian states in reductionist ways….Taken together, the articles in this anthology raise important questions for future research.'
— NAWARAJ CHAULAGAIN, Harvard University
South Asia
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NARRATIVES OF INDIAN CINEMA
Edited by Manju Jain
2009, xx + 274pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-4-4
Price: 900

This collection of essays by subject specialists examines the politics of violence, communalism, and terrorism as negotiated in cinema; the representations of identitarian politics; and the complex ideological underpinnings of literary adaptations.
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CLASS, POWER AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN INDIAN CINEMA AND TELEVISION
Anirudh Deshpande
2009, xviii + 170pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-2-0
Price: 595

This book offers a historical understanding of the Indian Audio-Visual media as well as examines and deconstructs the relationship between fact and fiction, history and imagination, nationalism and communalism, nation and gender, history and war, media and mentality and cinema and social identities particularly in Hindi cinema.
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EXPLORATIONS IN MODERN BENGAL, C. 1800-1900
Essays on Religion, History and Culture
Amiya P. Sen
2010, x + 256pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-81-908918-6-8
Price: 750

This book examines a regional culture through a study of three key facets to contemporary Hindu thought - possible interplay between the divinely ordained and human history, innovative extensions in the meaning of older terms like 'Dharma', and new moral and cultural theories around select mythical figures and traditionally revered texts.

'The author goes beyond the socio-cultural and political concerns of the period .... By moving back and forth between ancient religious texts and nineteenth century debates on religion, he keeps the reader agog, and offers us a highly erudite analysis of the ... re-interpretation of religion in contemporary Bengal. ... the book ... will be amply rewarding for scholars researching in the neo-Hindu movement in nineteenth century Bengal.'
— SUMANTA BANERJEE, The Book Review

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