Plassey se Vibhajan tak is the Hindi translation of From Plassey to Partition : a History of Modern India published a couple of years ago. This book is aimed at the students of History who opt to take their examination in Hindi medium.
This is a general history of India under British rule, i.e. it is a history of Modern India from the eighteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century.
It is divided into eight thematic chapters which focus more on the Indian people than on the colonial state or the colonial rulers. In short, it is a very readable account of the emergence of India as a nation.
This could be promoted as a package with our other Hindi titles for undergraduate courses like R S Sharma’s Prarambhik Bharat ka Parichay (published) and Satish Chandra: Madhyakaleen Bharat ka Itihas (to be published in February 07).
Special features of the book are:
1. It is extremely useful in concept-building. Recent trends in the study of History of Modern India place particular emphasis on concepts, an area in which this book is particularly strong.
2. It is rich in details and interpretations. Once again features which are going to appeal to its users.
3. It is the most updated book on the subject as it incorporates the most recent researches in this area. In this feature it easily scores over its competing titles like Sumit Sarkar’s Adhunik Bharat published by Rajkamal Prakashan (Delhi) and the other book Bharat ka Swantantrata Sangharsh by Bipan Chandra published by Hindi Madhyam Karyanvayan Nideshalaya, Delhi University.
4. It doesn’t follow or favour a particular line of interpretation and is quite objective in its treatment of the subject. This feature is also going to appeal to its users.
5. Compared to Sumit Sarkar’s book it is wider in range, covering a wider area of Modern Indian History. It starts as early as the fall of the Mughal Empire whereas Sumit Sarkar’s book starts with the formation of the Indian National Congress in 1885. The other competing title Bharat ka Swantantrata Sangharsh also starts with the Revolt of 1857.
6. The book has promise and a future.
7. The eminence of its authorship also is a strong point of the book.