International Anthem

Anthem Press, the independent publishing house that specializes in the social sciences (particularly in history, politics, literature, and economics), and which is headquartered in London has an office in Delhi and Kolkata. They bring out a number of academic titles in Indian editions and two that caught our eye recently (although these are not particularly new books) are A History of Modern India, 1480-1950 edited by Claude Markovits and Rethinking Development Economics, edited by Ha-Joon Chang.

Described in a review as "a darkly original text", A History of Modern India offers an analysis of the "major empires of modern India, from the Mughals to the Raj, A History of Modern India considers the economic, social and intellectual dynamism that accompanied intervening periods of political fragmentation, such as the 80 years that separated the Mughal and the British regimes. Finally, the book explores the difficulties confronting the rise of Indian nationalism and the consequent confrontation between religious communities: what should have been the crowning victory of a pacifist anticolonial movement was instead resolved tragically with the violence of Partition in 1947."

In our History Section. Rs 495. ISBN 9781843310044

Ha-Joon Chang's Rethinking Development Economics offers a heterodox perspective and looks at "the failure of neoliberal reform to generate long-term growth and reduce poverty in many developing and transition economies. .... Over the last few decades, the older generation of development economists has been edged out of most major universities, particularly in the USA. The situation in most developing countries is even worse: although there is more demand for alternatives to orthodox development economics, these countries have even less capability to generate such alternatives. Rethinking Development Economics... addresses key issues in development economics, ranging from macroeconomics, finance and governance to trade, industry, agriculture and poverty. Bringing together some of the foremost names in the field, this comprehensive and timely collection constitutes a critical staging post in the future of development economics. "

In our Economics Section. Rs 595. ISBN 9781843311102