Rama Mantena Publishes New Book: Provincial Democracy: Political Imaginaries at the End of Empire in Twentieth-Century South India
Colleague and GLAS affiliated faculty, Rama Mantena has a new book, Provincial Democracy: Political Imaginaries at the End of Empire in Twentieth-Century South India recently published by Cambridge University Press.
The book aims to rethink the period between empire and nation--a period that is not only defined by the rise of the nation-state and debates over a new global order--but also the expansion of cultures of democratic participation in defining and negotiating political futures, by an heightened era of liberal thinking and the increased use of the language of political rights and self-government. The book is an attempt to braid together narratives of civil societal discussions on political life and citizenship with proposals of federated arrangements and calls for provincial autonomy using the particular case of the Princely state of Hyderabad and the emergence of provincial nationalism in neighboring Madras Presidency.
Read more about it here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/provincial-democracy/14777D1BAD2966DBA3A00FE106F474E1#
Dr. Rama Mantena is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of History. She is also an affiliated faculty of the Global Asian Studies Program. Her research interests include colonial archives and the production of knowledge, historiography and the practices of history, and more recently public spheres, publicity and debates over civil society in Twentieth-century India.