Social Background of Indian Nationalism

Social Background of Indian Nationalism

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Author: A R Desai
N S Rajaram/
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 461
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171541526

Description

This important study has a fascinating theme: Transformation of Indian society from a medieval to a modern society and resultant rise of Indian nationalism.

The transformation of Indian society from a medieval to a modern basis during the last one hundred and fifty years and the resultant rise of Indian nationalism and the nationalist movement in its various forms, social, religious, economic, political and cultural, constitute a most fascinating theme for study for the students of Social Sciences and Indian History. This mighty movement of almost one-fifth of the human race has not only something of the grand and the dramatic in it, but has also a vital significance for the future of the humanity.

This work has already earned for itself a valuable place in sociological literature. For understanding g the dynamics of Indian nationalism this volume is an indispensable source It gives a historical, synthetic and systematic account of the genesis of Indian nationalism.

Dr. Desai believes that for an intelligent comprehension of the various political nationalist movements which have developed in India, a necessary prerequisite is a concrete understanding of the structural transformation of Indian society during the British period, the nature of the new social forces and the law of development of this society.

Employing the method of historical materialism to an analysis of Indian history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the author is able to single out and assess various forces that have contributed to the massiveness of nationalistic influence. Dr. Desai achievements do not end here - they spill over each page. The reader can never shed his sense of admiration at the prodigious industry and remarkable insight of the author. .

Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

PROLOGUE
Nationalism, a Historical Phenomenon

CHAPTER I
ECONOMY AND CULTURE IN PRE-BRITISH INDIA
Self-sufficient Village Community

CHAPTER II
BRITISH CONQUEST OF INDIA
Transformation of Indian Society

CHAPTER III
TRANSFORMATION OF INDIAN AGRICULTURE UNDER BRITISH RULE
Indian Feudalism, Its Basic Features.

CHAPTER IV
SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF TRANSFORMATION OF INDIAN AGRICULTURE
Emergence of National Agriculture.

CHAPTER V
DECLINE OF TOWN HANDICRAFTS
Effect of British Rule on town Handicrafts

CHAPTER VI
DECLINE OF VILLAGE ARTISAN INDUSTRIES
Pre-British village Artisan Industries

CHAPTER VII
RISE AND DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN INDIAN INDUSTRIES
Development of Modern Industries in Indian

CHAPTER VIII
MODERN MEANS OF TRANSPORT AND RISE OF INDIAN NATIONALISM
Transport in Pre-British India

CHAPTER IX
THE ROLE OF MODERN EDUCATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDIAN NATIONALISM
Education, Its Social Significance

CHAPTER X
POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE UNIFICATION OF INDIAN UNDER BRITISH RULE
Absence of Basic Political and Administrative Unity in Pre-British India

CHAPTER XI
RISE OF NEW SOCIAL CLASSES IN INDIA
Emergence of New Social Classes

CHAPTER XII
THE ROLE OF THE PRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN NATIONALISM
Press, Its Decisive Social Role

CHAPTER XIII
SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS REFORM MOVEMENTS AS THE EXPRESSION OF NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC AWAKENING
Reform Movements.

CHAPTER XIV
CRUSADE AGAINST CASTE SYSTEM
Caste System, 'Steel Frame of Hinduism'

CHAPTER XV
CRUSADE AGAINST UNTOUCHABILITY
Untouchability, Inhuman institution of Hindu Society

CHAPTER XVI
MOVEMENT FOR THE EMANCIPATION OF WOMEN
Women, her low position in pre-British India

CHAPTER XVII
RELIGIOUS REFORM MOVEMENTS AMONG HINDUS AND MUSLIMS
Religious Reform Movement.

CHAPTER XVIII
RISE OF POLITICAL MOVEMENTS AS THE EXPRESSION OF INDIAN NATIONALISM
Political Nationalism, Outcome of Foreign Domination

CHAPTER XIX
PROBLEM OF NATIONALITIES AND MINORITIES
Problem of Nationalities and Minorities in India

EPILOGUE
Nationalism in India

Bibliography
Index