Becoming Assamese

Becoming Assamese


  • Release: 2016-05-12
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 278 page
  • ISBN: 9781317197775
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This book explores the making of colonial Northeast India and offers a new perspective to the study of the Assamese identity in the nineteenth century as a distinctly nineteenth-century cultural phenomenon, not confined to linguistic parameters alone. It studies crucial markers of the self — history, customs, food, dress, new religious beliefs — and symbols considered desirable by the provincial middle class and the way these fitted in with the latter’s nationalist subjectivities in the face of an emphatic Bengali cultural nationalism. The author shows how colonialism was intrinsically linked to the assertion of middle class intelligentsia in the region and was instrumental in eroding the essential malleability of societal processes nurtured by the Ahom state. Rich with fresh research data, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of history, political science, area studies, and to anyone interested in understanding Northeast India.

A History of Intoxication

A History of Intoxication


  • Release: 2019-09-13
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 320 page
  • ISBN: 9781000730036
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This volume unearths the emerging pattern of consumption of opium in colonial Assam and the creation of drug-dependency in a social context. It analyses the competing forces of the empire which played a key role in the production and distribution of opium; national politics alongside international drug diplomacy and how these together shaped the discourse of opium in Assam; the wider implications of opium production and consumption in the agrarian economy and the narrative of the nationalist critique of intoxication. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Empire   s Garden

Empire s Garden


  • Release: 2011-08-01
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 324 page
  • ISBN: 9780822350491
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A history of the colonial tea plantation regime in Assam, which brought more than one million migrants to the region in northeast India, irrevocably changing the social landscape.