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HIST1300
Making of Modern India Reading List

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
S.Alford@leeds.ac.uk
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Seminar One: Background - India from 1857-1947

Required reading:

Robb, Peter, A history of India (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002), pp. 177-217 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Additional reading:

Bandopadhyay, Sekhar, From Plassey to partition : a history of modern India (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2004)

Brown, Judith M., Modern India : the origins of an Asian democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Jalal, Ayesha, and Sugata Bose, Modern South Asia : history, culture, political economy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Metcalf, Barbara, and Thomas Metcalf, A concise history of modern India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Sarkar, Sumit,  Modern India: 1885-1947  (London: Macmillan, 1985)

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Seminar Two: Who was Jawaharlal Nehru?

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, The discovery of India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1985 [1946]), pp. 49-51

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘15 October, 1947’, in Madhav Khosla (ed.), Letters for a nation : from Jawaharlal Nehru to his chief ministers, 1947-1963 (New Delhi: Penguin, 2014), pp. 23-28

Required reading:

Introduction, in Letters for a nation : from Jawaharlal Nehru to his chief ministers, 1947-1963 , pp. 1-22

Prologue, in Ramachandra Guha, India After Gandhi (New Delhi: Macmillan, 2007), pp. xi-xxvi Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Khilnani, Sunil.  The Idea of India (New Delhi: Penguin, 2004), pp. 166-179

Additional reading:

Brown, Judith. Nehru : a political life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003)

Khilnani, Sunil. The Idea of India (New Delhi: Penguin, 2004)

Zachariah, Benjamin. Nehru (London: Routledge, 2004)

Works by Nehru:

An autobiography (New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2004 [1936])

The discovery of India (New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2012 [1946])

Glimpses of world history. (New Delhi: Penguin Books, 2004 [1934-35])

The unity of India : collected writings 1937-1940 (London: L. Drummond, 1941)

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Seminar Three: India’s Partition

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘17 January 1948’, in Khosla (ed.), Letters for a Nation , pp. 36-38

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘Our Objectives: Speech delivered at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, March 22, 1949’, in Jawaharlal Nehru's speeches. (New Delhi: Publications Division, 1958), pp. 251-269

Manto, Sadaat Hasan, Toba Tek Singh in: Mottled dawn : fifty sketches and stories of partition (1955)

Required reading:

Khan, Yasmin, The great partition : the making of India and Pakistan (London: Yale University Press, 2007)

Additional reading:

Butalia, Urvashi (ed.), Partition : the long shadow (New Delhi: Zubaan, 2014)

Gilmartin, David, ‘Partition, Pakistan, and South Asian History: in Search of a Narrative’, The journal of Asian studies. , 57:4 (1998), 1068-1095

Jalal, Ayesha, The sole spokesman : Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the demand for Pakistan (Cambridge: CUP, 1985)

Jalal, Ayesha, ‘Secularists, Subalterns and the Stigma of “Communalism”: Partition Historiography Revisited,’ Modern Asian studies. , 33.1 (1996), 681-689

Pandey, Gyanendra, Remembering partition : violence, nationalism, and history in India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Roy, Asim, ‘The High Politics of India's Partition: The Revisionist Perspective’, Modern Asian studies., 24.2 (1990): 385-408

Roy, Haimanti, Partitioned lives : migrants, refugees, citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947-65 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Talbot, Ian, and Gurharpal Singh, The partition of India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Zamindar, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali, The long partition and the making of modern South Asia : refugees, boundaries, histories : (New York: Colombia University Press, 2007)

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Seminar Four: Institutions of democracy I

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘Independence Resolution’, 13 December 1946, Constituent Assembly Debates http://parliamentofindia.nic.in/ls/debates/vol1p5.htm

Ambedkar, Bhim Rao, ‘Excerpts from the speech to the Constituent Assembly on November 25, 1949’. Available at: http://www.simplydecoded.com/2014/01/26/b-r-ambedkar-constitution/

Required reading:

Chapter 6 & 17 (Parts VII-XI) in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 103-123, 374-384 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Chapter 4 - Jodhka, Surinder, Caste (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Introduction - Rao, Anupama, The caste question : Dalits and the politics of modern India (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), pp. 1-36

A short news item on the contemporary relevance of caste reservations: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/jat-protests-how-caste-quotas-have-triggered-a-race-to-the-bottom/story-wp69TpIRJtQrt1ncX3dq3H.html

Additional reading:

Austin, Granville, The Indian constitution : cornerstone of a nation (Oxford, 1966)

Austin, Granville, Working a democratic constitution : a history of the Indian experience (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Bajpai, Rochana, Debating difference [electronic resource] : group rights and liberal democracy in India (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Bayly, Susan, Caste, society and politics in India from the eighteenth century to the modern age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Corbridge, Stuart, ‘Competing Inequalities: The Scheduled Tribes and the Reservations System in India’s Jharkhand’, The journal of Asian studies. , 59:1 (2000), 62-85

Dirks, Nicholas, Castes of mind : colonialism and the making of modern India (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001)

Galanter, Marc, Competing equalities : law and the backward classes in India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1991)

Jaffrelot, Christophe, Dr Ambedkar and untouchability : analysing and fighting caste (London: Hurst, 2005)

Jayal, Niraja Gopal, ‘A False Dichotomy? The Unresolved Tension between Universal and Differentiated Citizenship in India’, Oxford development studies., 39.2 (2011), 185-204

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Seminar Five: Institutions of democracy II

Primary sources:

Bonner, Arthur, ‘India's Masses: The Public That Can't Be Reached’ , The Atlantic monthly. , 204:4 (October, 1959): 48-51

British Pathe, Indian Elections 1952: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/indian-elections

Required reading:

Chapter 7 in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 127-150 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Khilnani, Sunil, The Idea of India (New Delhi: Penguin, 2004), pp. 15-42 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Additional reading:

Brown, Judith, Nehru : a political life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), pp. 183-222

Jayal, Gopal Niraja (ed.), Democracy in India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Kohli, Atul (ed.), India's democracy : an analysis of changing state-society relations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988)

 

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Seminar Six: Fragile unity?

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘30 October 1952’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 57-59

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘20 September 1953’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 62-68

Required reading:

Chapter 9 & 13 in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 180-200, 261-278

Nag, Sajal, ‘Nehru and the Nagas: Minority Nationalism and the Post-Colonial State’, Economic and political weekly. 44:49 (2009), 48-55

Additional reading:

Baruah, Sanjib, ‘”Ethnic” Conflict as State-Society Struggle: The Poetic and Politics of Assamese Micro-Nationalism’, Modern Asian studies., 28:3 (1994)

Chadda, Maya, ‘Integration through Internal Reorganization: Containing Ethnic Conflict in India,’ Ethnopolitics 2, no. 1 (2002), pp. 44–61. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14718800208405122

King, Robert, Nehru and the language politics of India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Mitchell, Lisa, Language, emotion, and politics in south india : the making of a mother tongue (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009)

Sarangi, Asha, ‘Nehru and the Reorganisation of States: Making of Political India’, in Interrogating reorganisation of states : culture, identity and politics in India, edited by Sudha Pai and Asha Sarangi (New Delhi: Routledge, 2011)

Tillin, Louise, Remapping India : new states and their political origins (London: Hurst, 2013)

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Seminar Seven: A secular tradition

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘20 February 1948’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 38-39

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘1 March 1950’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 46-48

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘Communalism, a Badge of Backwardness’ Speech in Hindi at Srinagar, 19 July 1961, in Mushirul Hasan (ed.), Nehru's India : select speeches (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 141-142

Required reading:

Chapter 11 & 17 (Parts I-VI) in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 226-241, 362-374

Gould, William, Religion and conflict in modern South Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 195-231

Khilnani, Sunil, ‘Nehru's Faith’, Economic and political weekly. , 37:48 (2002): 4793- 4799

Additional reading:

Gould, William, Hindu nationalism and the language of politics in late colonial India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Hansen, Thomas Blom, The saffron wave : democracy and Hindu nationalism in modern India (Princeton University Press, 1999)

Hasan, Mushirul (ed.), Will secular India survive? (Gurgaon: ImprintOne, 2004)

Newbigin, Eleanor, ‘Personal law and citizenship in India’s transition to independence’, Modern Asian studies. , 45:1 (2011), 7-32

Newbigin, Eleanor, ‘The codification of personal law and secular citizenship: revisiting the history of law reform in late colonial India’, Indian Economic & Social History Review , 46:1 (2009), 83-104

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Seminar Eight: The Kashmir conflict

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘Statement at a Press Conference, New Delhi, January 2, 1948’, in Jawaharlal Nehru’s Speeches, vol. 1 (New Delhi: Publications Division, 1958), pp. 169-174

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘20 February 1948’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 200-201

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘16 June 1952’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 217-217

Required reading:

Chapter 4 and 12 in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 59-83, 242-260

Additional reading:

Bose, Sumantra, Kashmir : roots of conflict, paths to peace (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003)

Jha, Prem Shankar, Kashmir, 1947 : rival versions of history (Delhi, 1996)

Kabir, A. J., Territory of desire : representing the Valley of Kashmir (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009)

Lamb, Alastair, Kashmir : a disputed legacy, 1846-1990 (Hertingfordbury: Roxford, 1991)

Zutshi, Chitralekha, ‘Whither Kashmir Studies? : A Review’, Modern Asian studies. 46:4 (2012): 1033-1048

 

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Seminar Nine: Transforming the economy

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘3 March 1953’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 170-173

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘24 December 1954’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 181-183

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘Broadcast to the Nation on New Year’s eve, 31 December 1952. AIR tapes, NMML’, in Mushirul Hasan (ed.), Nehru's India : select speeches (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 157-161

Required reading:

Chapter 2 - Khilnani, Sunil, The idea of India (New Delhi: Penguin, 2004), pp. 61-106

Additional reading:

Brown, Judith, Nehru : a political life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003)

Das, Gurcharan, India unbound (Delhi: Penguin, 2002), Chapter 7

Dasgupta, Ajit K., A history of Indian economic thought (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 163-187

Kumar, Dharma (ed.), The Cambridge economic history of India. , vol. 2, c. 1757-1970 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Chapter 10 in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 201-225

Kudaisya, Medha, ‘”A Mighty Adventure”: Institutionalising the Idea of Planning in Post-Colonial India, 1947-60’, Modern Asian studies. , 43:4 (2009), 939-978

Tirthankar Ray, "Economic History and Modern India: Redefining the Link", The journal of economic perspectives. , vol. 16, no. 3 (2002)

Tomlinson, B.R., The economy of modern India, 1860-1970 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

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Seminar Ten: India on the world stage

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘15 August 1949’, in Letters for a Nation , pp. 267-269

Nehru, Jawaharlal, ‘Report on Bandung: Statement in the Lok Sabha, April 30 1955’, in Jawaharlal Nehru’s Speeches (Delhi: Publications Division, 1958) pp. 292-301

Required reading:

Brown, Judith, Nehru : a political life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), pp. 244-271 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Chapter 8 in Guha, India After Gandhi, pp. 151-179

Additional reading:

Abraham, Itty, ‘From Bandung to NAM: Non-alignment and Indian Foreign Policy, 1947–65’,  Commonwealth & comparative politics , 46:2 (2008), 195-219

Chapters 15 & 16 in Guha, India After Gandhi , pp. 301-361

Kennedy, Andrew Bingham, The international ambitions of Mao and Nehru : national efficacy beliefs and the making of foreign policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Raghavan, Srinath, ‘Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute, 1948-60: A Reappraisal’, Economic and political weekly. , 41:36 (2006), 3882-3892

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Seminar Eleven: Nehru’s legacy

Primary sources:

Nehru, Jawaharlal (under pseudonym Chanakya), ‘Rashtrapati’, Modern Review (1937) http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/want-no-caesars-nehrus-warning

Required reading:

Brown, Judith, Nehru : a political life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), pp. 338-345 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Guha, Ramachandra, ‘Verdicts on Nehru: Rise and Fall of a Reputation’, Economic and political weekly. , 40:19 (2005): 1958-1962

Zachariah, Benjamin, Nehru (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 253-266

Additional reading:

Brown, Judith M., Modern India : the origins of an Asian democracy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Brown, Judith, Nehru : a political life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003)

Jalal, Ayesha, and Sugata Bose, Modern South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Zachariah, Benjamin, Nehru  (London: Routledge, 2004)

This list was last updated on 06/12/2016