16 October, 2012
Globalization and Local Development in India : Examining the Spatial Dimension
Frédéric Landy and Basudeb Chaudhuri (eds)
This collective volume brings together the interdisciplinary work of a group of French social science scholars who have specialized on India. By focusing on the different levels or ‘scales’ of development—local, regional, national and international—of India in the last few decades, multidisciplinary perspectives from geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, agronomy and history try to highlight the complexity of the Indian development process, in particular the fact that India’s development cannot be pinpointed down as occurring at one single level.
Most of the essays are based on fieldwork in India, and the introduction raises methodological and conceptual issues on globalization from a specifically French social science perspective. This book will be useful to students and researchers who are interested in both sectoral studies and also a wider social science perspective on India development, with a very realistic appraisal of globalization and its impact on India. The long-term perspectives that are highlighted in this book will enable both scholars and a wider audience to evaluate the strengths and the problems that face India’s economy and its vibrant democracy.
Frédéric Landy, Associate Professor of Geography, Laboratoire Geotropiques, University of Paris X-Nanterre, and Research Associate, Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS), Paris.
Basudeb Chaudhuri, Associate Professor of Economics, Centre for Reserch in Economics and Management, University of Caen, Normandy, and Research Associate, Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS), Paris.
ISBN 978-81-7304-540-0 2004 250p. Rs.625/Pounds 45
From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India from 326 bc to ad 1999
By- Kaushik Roy
Warfare has determined the fate of India from the dawn of civilization. Battles like Tarain and Panipat have altered the course of history. The army has always been one of the biggest government employers and the military constituted the principal item of expenditure for the state.
Nevertheless, military history remains marginal within the academic discourse. In this volume the aim is to show the interaction between war as an institution and society. Along with society, ecology remains a crucial integer in shaping the scope and mode of warfare. A long duree approach along with cross-cultural comparisons is undertaken for understanding the specificity of Indian military history. This book is a work of synthesis and argues that several Military Revolutions had occurred outside India since the time of Alexander. None the less such developments by themselves were unable to guarantee military success to the foreigners due to specific conditions within the Indian theatre of warfare. Only those powers which were able to synthesize the elements of Military. Revolutions with the traditional Indian System of Warfare, were able to dominate the subcontinent. This book also contains guidelines for contemporary military management. Hence it is hped that this volume will not only be useful from a strictly academic perspective but would also be of interest to the policy makers.
Kaushik Roy is a Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library.
ISBN 978-81-7304-543-1 2004 284p. Rs.595/Pounds 45