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Benjamin Zachariah (Author)
Synopsis How did Jawaharlal Nehru come to lead the Indian nationalist movement, and how did he sustain his leadership as the first Prime Minister of independent India? Nehru's vision of India, its roots in Indian politics and society, as well as its viability have been central to historical and present-day views of India. This engaging new biography dispels many myths surrounding Nehru, and distinguishes between the icon he has become and the politician he actually was. Benjamin Zachariah places Nehru in the context of the issues of his times, including the central theme of nationalism, the impact of cold war pressures on India and the transition from colonial control to a precarious independence. Connecting the domestic and international aspects of his political life and ideology, this study provides a fascinating insight into Nehru, his times and his legacy.
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About the author

Benjamin Zachariah

Benjamin Zachariah research interests centre on the social and intellectual history of South Asia, on the movement of ideas in the twentieth century, and on political culture, political rhetoric and standards of political legitimacy. He is the author of Nehru (Routledge, 2004), and Developing India: An Intellectual and Social History, c. 1930-1950 (OUP, 2005), in addition to several articles and book chapters.

He studoed history at Presidency College, Calcutta, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is now Reader in South Asian History at the University of Sheffield, and a senior research fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin. He is commotted to exploring the connections between academic historical scholarship, popular historical consciousness and political activities and activism.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nehru
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition Reprint
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 8174363386
length xxviii+300p., Plates; Maps; 20cm.
Subjects History