ISBN 9780143423980,Sources of Indian Tradition

Sources of Indian Tradition



Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780143423980

ISBN-10 0143423983


Number of Pages 1024 Pages
Language (English)


Sources of Indian Traditions is an indispensable and essential selection of primary readings on the social, intellectual and religious history of India from the decline of Mughal rule in the eighteenth century to today. It details the advent of the East India Company, British colonization, the struggle for liberation, the partition of 1947 and the creation of Pakistan, Bangladesh and contemporary India. Divided thematically, it begins with a chapter on eighteenth-century intellectual and religious trends that set the stage for Indias modern development. Nineteenth-century debates over social reform, featuring the leaders of reform and revival movements, follow. Chapters on Gandhi and his reception both nationally and abroad and different perspectives on and approaches to partition, precede a section devoted to the drafting of the Indian constitution, the rise of nationalism, the influence of Western thought, the conflict in Kashmir, nuclear proliferation, minority religions, secularism and the role of the Indian political left. The last two sections portray Pakistan and its struggle for national identity and Bangladesh and the controversies over the fruits of freedom. About the Editor Rachel Fell McDermott is professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College. Leonard A. Gordon is professor of history emeritus of the City University of New York. Ainslie T. Embree is professor of history emeritus of Columbia University. Since his retirement, he has taught at Brown University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Frances W. Pritchett is professor emerita of modern Indic languages in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. Dennis Dalton is professor emeritus of political science at Barnard College.