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The Making of History

Essays Presented to Irfan Habib

Edited by K. N. Panikkar , Terence J Byres , Utsa Patnaik


6.25 x 9.5 inches

(x+678) 688 pages

ISBN : 978-81-89487-80-5

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As Marxist scholar and historian, Irfan Habib has been a towering presence on the Indian intellectual scene for over four decades. His truly formidable intellectual reputation, already firmly established in the 1960s with the publication of The Agrarian System of Mughal India, has gained in-depth in the succeeding years as the boundaries of professional specialization were broken. Habib’s intellectual project has broadened to cover the entire area of Indian history, from ancient to modern, and his undiminished commitment to the cause of socialism is reflected in highly original and bold analyses of Marxist historiography and theories of socialist construction.

As a mark of esteem and affection for Irfan Habib, scholars in India and abroad have come together to offer him this volume. The festschrift reflects the range of Irfan Habib’s interests and contributions in great measure. It includes essays by not only historians but political scientists and economists, not only those specializing in the medieval period but also theorists of modern India, theorists of culture and socialist systems

K. N. Panikkar

K.N. Panikkar was Professor of Modern History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has written extensively on the cultural and intellectual history of colonial India. His publications include British Diplomacy in North India (1968), Against Lord and State: Religion and Peasant Uprisings in Malabar, 1836–1921 (1989), Culture and Consciousness in Modern India (1970), National and Left Movements in India (1980), and Communalism in India: History, Politics and Culture (1991). He has also compiled two source volumes: Peasant Protest and Revolts in Malabar (1990) and Towards Freedom, 1940: A Documentary History of the Freedom Struggle.

Terence J Byres

Terence J. Byres was Professor of Political Economy in the University of London and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Utsa Patnaik

Utsa Patnaik is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her books include Peasant Class Differentiation, The Long Transition and The Republic of Hunger and Other Essays. She has co-authored A Theory of Imperialism and Capital and Imperialism: Theory, History and the Present with Prabhat Patnaik.