CONTENTS:- Preface; British invasion in India; Europeans' battles for power; Rule of the British governors and governor generals; Indian rebellionof 1857; Colonial rule (1858-1911); Religious and social reform movements; Indian freedom struggle; National leaders; Partition of India; India since independence;
The history of modern India starts with the advent of Europeans in Indian soil. Eventually England, France, the Netherlands and Portuguese floated their east India companies, which led to the war for supremacy among them. Ultimately English East India Company succeeded to establish rule over whole of the Indian subcontinent. The six decades between the end of the "mutinous" war of 1857-59 and the conclusion of First World War saw both the peak and the birth of nationalist agitation against it. The anticolonial struggle became truly a mass movement with the arrival of Gandhiji in 1915. Successive campaigns had the effect of driving the British out of India in 1947, but with independence came the partition of the country and creation of Pakistan also. This book attempts to introduce some of the major themes in modern Indian history comprehensively. It will be highly useful for students, teachers, researchers and all those interested in the history of modern India.