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The Quest For Modern Assam: A History 1942-2000

Release date: 28 August 2023
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A model work of historical scholarship'-Ramachandra Guha

'The most well-researched, comprehensive history of contemporary Assam ever written'-Partha Chatterjee

The crucial battles of World War II fought in India's north-east-followed soon after by Independence and Partition-had a critical impact on the making of modern Assam. In the three decades following 1947, the state of Assam underwent massive political turmoil, geographical instability, and social and demographic upheaval, among others. Later, the truncated state suffered widespread unrest as various groups believed their cultural identity and political leverage were under threat. New social energies and political forces were unleashed and came to the fore.

Definitive, comprehensive and unputdownable, 
The Quest for Modern Assam explores the interconnected layers of political, environmental, economic and cultural processes that shaped the development of Assam since the 1940s. It offers an authoritative account that sets new standards in the writing of regional political history. Not to be missed by any one keen on Assam, India, Asia or world history in the twentieth century.

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Title: The Quest For Modern Assam: A History 1942-2000
Author: Arupjyoti Saikia
Publisher: Penguin Allen Lane
SKU: BK0479490
EAN: 9780670095704
Number Of Pages: 896
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: 28 August 2023

About Author

Arupjyoti Saikia is a professor of history at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He held the Agrarian Studies Programme Fellowship at Yale University and visiting fellow positions at Cambridge University and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Saikia is the author of Forests and Ecological History of Assam, 1826-2000 (OUP, 2011), A Century of Protests: Peasant Politics in Assam since 1900 (Rutledge, 2014) and The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra (OUP, 2019). His A Century of Protests won the Srikant Dutt book prize awarded by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi in 2015. The Unquiet River was short-listed for Kamala Devi Chattopadhayay Book Award in 2020 and long listed for Atta Galatta-Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize in 2020 and got 'Honorable Mention' for Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize in 2021 given by the Association of Asian Studies.

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