Precolonial and Colonial Punjab: Society, Economy, Politics, and Culture : Essays for Indu Banga

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Beginning with geographical and cultural perspectives on the early Punjab, and the migration and settlement of Jatts by the seventeenth century, essays in the first part of this volume dwell on different aspects of socio-economic and cultural life in north-western India in the precolonial times. They focus on agrarian society, modes of irrigation, trde and urbanization, Sahiban in Punjabi literature, Punjabi heroic poetry, and cultural life in the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Twelve essays in the second part bring out multi-faceted change under colonial rule, with their foucs on organization of administrative space, epidemics, customary law and Christian missionary activities in relation to women; response of peasants, agricultural labourers, conservative Hindus and Dalits to the colonial environment; politicization of Punjabi migrants in North America; convergence of communitarian and nationalist concerns before the Jallianwala Bagh massacre; escalation of communal violence in Lahore and Amritsar in the context of events leading to partition; and the attitudes of Punjabi writers towards colonial rule. This volume breaks fresh ground in regional history and raises some significant issues of historical methodology and interdisciplinary approach.

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Reeta Grewal is a Senior Reader in the Department of History at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, and an office-bearer of the Urban History Association of India. Besides writing a number of articles on aspects of urban history, she has edited Five Thousand Years of Urbanization: The Punjab Region, covering the history of urbanization in north-western India from the protohistoric to the present times. More recently, she has edited (jointly with Sheena Pall) Precolonial and Colonial Punjab: Society, Economy, Politics and Culture and the Five Centuries of Sikh Tradition: Ideology, Society, Politics and Culture all Published by Manohar.

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