"A History of Modern South Asia" by Ian Talbot

A History of Modern South Asia Politics, States, Diasporas Ian Talbot

Publication date:
25 Feb 2016
Yale University Press
360 pages: 235 x 156 x 24mm
23 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
Not for sale in Pakistan

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Noted historian Ian Talbot has written a new history of modern South Asia that considers the Indian Subcontinent in regional rather than in solely national terms. A leading expert on the Partition of 1947, Talbot focuses here on the combined history of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh since 1757 and specifically on the impact of external influences on the local peoples and cultures. This text explores the region’s colonial and postcolonial past, and the cultural and economic Indian reaction to the years of British authority, thus viewing the transformation of modern South Asia through the lens of a wider world.

Ian Talbot is professor of modern British history and formerly head of history at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He has written numerous books on the modern histories of India and Pakistan.

“The book showcases Ian Talbot’s lifetime of scholarship and his very wide-ranging knowledge of South Asia. The text has a lighter touch than many more standard histories. Undergraduates studying the region will find it a very useful introduction.”—Owen Bennett-Jones, author of Pakistan: The Eye of the Storm

"This book is a genuinely important contribution. It will be enlightening for specialists and accessible to beginning students of South Asia. It's a major accomplishment."—Lucy Chester, University of Colorado at Boulder

 “Ian Talbot’s book is a highly informative introduction to South Asia. . . . The strength of this book lies in providing a historical context which deepens our understanding of contemporary South Asia.” —Rohit Wanchoo, H—Net Reviews