Social Background of Indian Nationalism – A. R. Desai

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This historically signi_cant text has been referred to for over sixty years as an indispensable body of knowledge for the understanding of the dynamics of Indian nationalism. This book presents a comprehensive study of the transformation of Indian society through a century and a half and the resultant rise of Indian nationalism in various forms—social, cultural, religious, economic and political. It gives a historical, synthetic and systematic account of the genesis of Indian nationalism.

Employing the method of historical materialism to an analysis of Indian history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the author has been able to single out and assess various forces that have contributed to the massiveness of nationalistic in_uence. This is virtually the only book that provides such a comprehensive and systematic account of the genesis of Indian nationalism and national consciousness. It has justly earned itself a valuable place in sociological literature. This edition carries a foreword written by the noted historian Sumit Sarkar.

A. R. Desai (1915–1994) was the former Professor and Head of Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai. He consistently advocated and applied dialectical-historical model in his sociological studies. Some of his pioneering works include Rural Sociology in India (1969), State and Society in India (1975) and Rural India in Transition (1979) among many others.

ISBN No: 978-81-7154-667-1

No. Of Pages: 316

Language: English

Cover: Paperback

Year Of Publication: 1948