A set of essays by Rajnarayan Chandavarkar that has been published posthumously by Cambridge University Press as History, Culture, and the Indian City.
Raj Chandavarkar was widely regarded as one of the "finest Indian historians of the twentieth century. He died sadly young in 2006, leaving behind a very substantial collection of unpublished lectures, papers and articles. These have now been assembled and edited by Jennifer Davis, Gordon Johnson and David Washbrook, and their appearance will be widely welcomed by large numbers of scholars of Indian history, politics and society. The essays centre around three major themes: the city of Bombay, Indian politics and society, and Indian historiography. Each manifests Dr Chandavarkar's hallmark historical powers of imaginative empirical richness, analytic acuity and expository elegance, and the collection as a whole will make both a major contribution to the historiography of modern India, and a worthy memorial to a major scholar. "
The collection captures the suddenness of Raj's absence. In a note, the publishers say "With one exception, these essays were selected from a very substantial corpus of unpublished, semi-published and unﬁnished papers left by Dr Chandavarkar at the time of his death. The apparatus of each essay should be internally consistent, but no attempt has been made to impose any sort of uniform style or presentation, and there are inevitable substantive and bibliographic gaps. Each essay remains, we hope, true to the author’s original intentions."
In our History and Urban Studies sections, in hardcover, 282 pages, Rs 695. ISBN: 9780521767477