A Revolutionary History of Interwar India: Violence, Image, Voice and Text

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byKama Maclean

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Focusing on the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA), A Revolutionary History delivers a fresh perspective on the ambitions, ideologies and practices of this influential organization, formed by Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh and inspired by transnational anti-imperial dissent. Itis a new interpretation of the activities and political impact of the north Indian revolutionaries who advocated the use of political violence against the British.Kama Maclean contends that the actions of these revolutionaries had a direct impact on Congress politics and tested its policy of non-violence. In doing so she draws on visual culture studies, demonstrating the efficacy of imagery in constructing - as opposed to merely illustrating 00 historicalnarratives. Maclean analyses visual evidence alongside recently declassified government files, memoirs and interviews to elaborate on the complex relationships between the Congress and the HSRA, which were far less antagonistic than is frequently imagined.

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Focusing on the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA), A Revolutionary History delivers a fresh perspective on the ambitions, ideologies and practices of this influential organization, formed by Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh and inspired by transnational anti-imperial dissent. Itis a new interpretation of the activities and...

Kama Maclean is Associate Professor of South Asian and World History at UNSW in Sydney, and Editor of South Asia. Her book, Pilgrimage and Power, was awarded an honorable mention in the Ananda Coomaraswamy Prize (2009).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Violence and Anticolonialism in IndiaPart I: The Revolutionaries of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army: Histories, Actions, Activists2. Of History and Legend: Revolutionary Actions in North India, 1928-313. That Hat: Infamy, Strategy and Social Communication4. The Revolutionary Unknown: The Secret Life of Durga Devi VohraPart II: Porous Politics: The Congress and the Revolutionaries5. Intermediaries, the Revolutionaries and the Congress6. Part III: The Aftermath: Gandhism and the Challenge of Revolutionary Violence7. The Karachi Congress, 19318. Controlling Political Violence: the Government, the Congress and the HSRAEpilogue: Congress and the Revolutionaries, 1937-1946Conclusion: The Dynamics of Anticolonial ViolenceAppendix: The Martyr's Conference in ParadiseBibliography

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"In pursuing the story of the revolutionary-nationalist Bhagat Singh and his comrades, Maclean makes a clean break with the official teleology of Indian nationalism: the victory of non-violence over imperial forces. However, she also encounters a figure whose historical life extends far beyondofficial archives into the regions of oral testimony, popular cinema and bazaar representations. The resulting text raises fundamental questions about the place of violence in Indian nationalism. It also presents some very thoughtful reflections on historians' use of unconventional sources. Aremarkable and enduring achievement." --Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago