Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India (Hardback)Howard Spodek (author)
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In the 20th century, Ahmedabad was India's "shock city." It was the place where many of the nation's most important developments occurred first and with the greatest intensity-from Gandhi's political and labor organizing, through the growth of textile, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, to globalization and the sectarian violence that marked the turn of the new century. Events that happened there resonated throughout the country, for better and for worse. Howard Spodek describes the movements that swept the city, telling their story through the careers of the men and women who led them.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
[This book] will be of interest to scholars of urban history, local and national politics, and popular movements in South Asia.Feb. 2014 * JRNL ASIAN STUDIES *
[T]his is a story well told, a lucid and readable book about an interesting and complex city. * The Hindu *
Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth-Century India is an important and timely history of a city that has re-emerged at the forefront of debates around India's model of economic growth. * Urban History *
[T]his is a story well told, a lucid and readable book about an interesting and complex city.
[A]n important contribution to the urban histories of Asia and a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Ahmedabad and Gujarat... [T]his is a compelling account of Ahmedabad, ably written by a historian whose long engagement with and affection for the city shine through without clouding his intellectual insights. Putting a human face on the city's leading figures who built the city and its institutions, caused or led movements, maintained calm or provoked violence, Spodek takes us on an engrossing rollercoaster ride through Ahmedabad's turbulent and complicated history in the twentieth century.... * H-Asia *
The strength of this first-rate, well-illustrated study is its thorough grounding in source material, an intimate knowledge of people and places, and its connections between Ahmedabad and such personalities as Gandhi, Vallabbhai Patel, and Anasuyaben Sarabhia . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
This excellent study is the culmination of a half-century of research on a city in which Spodek first lived in 1964 and to which he continues to return. Spodek's lovingly told yet critical assessment of Ahmedabad reflects his deep affection for the place and many of its prominent twentieth-century residents. * American Historical Review *
A city of extraordinary economic growth and innovation, horrendous communal violence and appalling poverty; Howard Spodek justifiably calls Ahmedabad a 'shock city' in his . . . book Ahmedabad: Shock City of Twentieth Century India.Winter 2012 * IIAS Newsletter (Intnl Inst Asian Studies) *
Ahmedabad . . . provides an important contribution to the field as both an examination of a place conspicuously underrepresented in the urban history of the region and as an excellent piece of urban history that not only greatly informs our understanding of South Asian development, but also has application to a number of cities globally. * H-Urban *
Lucidly written, beautifully illustrated and meticulously supported with facts and figures, this is an important addition to the academic literature on Gujarat. * Contemporary South Asia *
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