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Introduction

Benjamin Zachariah

in Developing India

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195670585
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195670585.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is concerned with ideas of ‘development’ in India—often claimed as the defining goal of both imperialism and nationalism—in the late colonial period, circa 1930–50. It seeks to recover some of the variety of meanings encompassed by ‘development’ in the first half of the twentieth century, particularly in the 1930s and the 1940s; the contexts in which conceptions of ‘development’ operated in this period; and, consequently, to relocate those contemporary debates on ‘economic development’ in the wider context of the stated and unstated assumptions upon which they were based. Concerns with ‘development’ are located within wider notions of progress, self-government, and nation-building which, for contemporaries, were inseparably entwined with ‘development’. The book examines, through ideas of ‘development’, larger questions of the nature of intellectual formations under colonial rule, and the problems of transition to a post-colonial polity.

Keywords: development; self-government; nation-building; progress; India

Chapter.  10377 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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