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Communism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1939-45
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Communism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1939-45


Volume: 12
Other Titles in:
Asian History

August 2008 | 284 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Communism and Nationalism in Colonial India, 1939-45 is an incisive and original contribution to our understanding of the Communist Party of India`s approach towards the Indian national movement and British colonialism from 1939 to 1945.

Based on extensive use of archival material, private papers and rare documents, the book is a critique of both the official CPI line as well as its detractors` opinions about the Party`s role in the said period. It analyses in detail both points of view with regard to why the CPI failed to expose what it termed as the `betrayal` of the `bourgeois nationalist` leadership and why it was not able to establish its `hegemony` over the Indian freedom struggle-to transform the bourgeois democratic revolution into a socialist revolution.

This book can be used both as a textbook as well as a supplementary reading material by students, researchers and academicians working in the fields of Political Science, Economics, Sociology and History. It is an invaluable resource for all those interested in the study of the inter-play of communist, nationalist and imperialist forces during the Second World War, including political parties and civil society organizations.
 
Series Editors` Preface
 
Introduction
 
I: OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND INDIA
Nationalist Perception  
Communist Perception  
 
II: RAMGARH AND ITS AFTERMATH
Nationalist Position  
Communist Position  
 
III: CHANGED POLITICAL SITUATION IN ENGLAND AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIA
Congress and the Individual Civil Disobedience Movement  
Unchanged Line of the Communist Party of India  
 
IV: TOWARDS STRUGGLE
German Attack on the Soviet Union and its Repercussions on Indian Politics: Congress and Quit India Movement  
 
V: NEW LINE
Implementation of the "People's War" Line  
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The book offers a fascinating study of the ‘interplay of communist, nationalist and imperialist forces during the Second World War including political parties and civil society organisations.’ But, more importantly, it provides rare glimpses into the mind and character of one of India’s greatest thinker-statesmen, M K Gandhi.

Dawn

This book is an incisive and original contribution to our understanding of the Communist Party of India’s approach towards the Indian national movement and the British colonialism from 1939-1945…..It is a critique of both the official CPI line as well as it’s detractors opinions about the Party’s role in the said period.

Free Press Journal

A well researched book that contributes to our understanding of the Communist Party of India’s approach towards the Indian national movement from 1939 to 1945.

Deccan Herald (Bangalore)

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