ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Marxist-Thompsonian Social History

Achin Vanaik Writing Social History by Sumit Sarkar; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1997; pp 390, hardback Rs 495, GIVEN Sumit Sarkar's stature as one of the best historians of modem India, a new book by him always carries the promise of being an event. The promise has not been belied. His latest hook, a collection of nine essays of which only two (in slightly different form) have been printed earlier, will reinforce the respect felt by his many admirers just as it will also anger others, especially those Strongly influenced by the application of post-modernist and deconstructionist fashions to history writing. Among the latter those most infuriated arc likely to be onetime marxists who have now become disillusioned with or indifferent (even hostile) to that tradition.

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