Mod­ern Times by Su­mit Sarkar, Per­ma­nent Black / ` 895

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MUCH HAS changed in the world of South Asian his­tory-writ­ing since Su­mit Sarkar's renowned clas­sic, ModernIn­dia. The present work is an en­tirely fresh view of the same pe­riod. Fo­cus­ing on three im­por­tant ar­eas—econ­omy, en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture—Sarkar of­fers a mag­is­te­rial per­spec­tive on sci­en­tific dis­courses, laws and for­est ad­min­is­tra­tion. Is­sues re­lated to peas­ants and adi­va­sis, ir­ri­ga­tion and con­flicts over land-use are ex­am­ined, as are agrar­ian re­la­tions, com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion, in­debt­ed­ness and famine. Trade, fi­nance and in­dus­try are the other ma­jor fo­cus ar­eas.

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