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The Rise of an Asian Giant

Dietmar Rothermund

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An authoritative analysis of the political, economic, and social developments behind India’s dramatic rise in global stature

With growing economic might, new political influence, and changing social dynamics, India has emerged as a major world power in the twenty-first century. This book charts the important features of India’s development since its independence in 1947, assessing those forces that have contributed to the nation’s growth as well as those that have impeded it. Through the lens of India’s past, Dietmar Rothermund offers a new perspective on India today and a fascinating look into the nation’s future.

The author explores the diverse roots of India’s economic robustness, from agriculture to the export boom. He looks closely at the country’s democratic system, nuclear decisions, and alliance with the U.S. against terror. In his review of social changes, Rothermund discusses the institution of caste, the rise of a new middle class, the persistence of poverty, the media and Bollywood, and the significance of the global diaspora of twenty million Indians. In sum, he offers an impressive profile of India, an Asian giant whose role in the world’s future will surely be unique and important.

Dietmar Rothermund is professor emeritus of South Asian history, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is author of many works on Asian history, including A History of India (with H. Kulke), now in its fourth edition.

"Balanced and incisive, Rothermund's audit of the Indian upturn is a masterly analysis enriched by exhaustive research and long years of experience. All who root for India should read it." - John Keay, author of India: A History

"Dietmar Rothermund offers a masterly account of the emergence of India as an 'Asian giant.' His wide-ranging discussion moves effortlessly between history, demography, politics, economics and culture: it is a magisterial survey of a complex phenomenon, and deserves to be widely read and carefully considered." - David Arnold, University of Warwick

"A well-written interdisciplinary account of changes that have taken place in India since independence in 1947. . . . Recommended."—Choice

“… the book obviously draws on [Rothermund’s] forty years of research and writing and is rich with detailed knowledge of people and happenings … Backed up by thirteen pages of notes […] every sentence is densely packed-to-overflowing with accurately researched facts and information … Prof. Rothermund’s account of India’s development is balanced and incisive and is enriched by exhaustive research and long years of experience.” - Alex Ninian, Contemporary Review

"Rothermund's book underscores why the details of [India's] instability, and the possibility of its mitigation, are so important. As a profile of a country . . . it sists in an important niche between reportage (which is situated at the cutting edge of writing on India) and academic rigor. Few journalists incorporate such scholarship, and few scholars cover such a range of material in an accessible manner. It is for this reason that the book warrants priority amongst the burgeoning volumes documenting India's rise."—Shashank Joshi, British Scholar

A 2008 Top Seller in Asian Studies as compiled by YBP Library Services

A 2008 Top Seller in Business-Economics as compiled by YBP Library Services
ISBN: 9780300158274
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
288 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
16 b/w illus.

Sales Restrictions: World excluding India