29 January 2010

NEW EDITION OF LONG out-of-print CLASSIC


SUMIT SARKAR
The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903–1908 (New Edition)

with a new preface by the author and critical essays by Neeladri Bhattacharya and Dipesh Chakrabarty

‘From the moment of its first printing about thirty-five years ago, The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal has always held a special place in the historiography of modern India. Very few monographs, if any, have ever rivalled the meticulous research and the thick description that characterized this book, or the lucidity of its exposition and the persuasive power of its overall argument … Sarkar’s research improved on existing historiography in a major way by bringing out many unknown or hitherto neglected aspects of the history of the Swadeshi movement: the complex divisions that marked its different trends, the labour movement and mass mobilization of the period that few knew about in our time, Swadeshi anticipation of many of the Gandhian techniques of protest … this book, which should have enjoyed a steady and buoyant market over the years, has strangely remained “out of print” for about fifteen successive years. Its republication by Permanent Black is truly a cause for celebration.’—Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

‘Sumit Sarkar’s story of Swadeshi brings out in fascinating detail, with a wealth of sources, all that he sees as heroic and tragic, sublime and quixotic, in those dramatic and eventful years in Bengal. We have here no simple story of success or failure, no celebratory account of great deeds and noble figures, no linear unfolding of events that lead step by step to a final climax. What we have instead is a picture painted in shades of grey in which black and white merge and separate in that in-between zone where the blackness of black comes under question as much as the whiteness of white.’—Neeladri Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University

SUMIT SARKAR is arguably the most influential and widely admired historian of modern India. His several books include Modern India 1885–1947, Writing Social History, and Beyond Nationalist Frames. Following a distinguished teaching career, he retired as Professor of History at Delhi University. He lives in New Delhi and is working on his next book.

Hardback / 520pp / Rs 695 / ISBN 81-7824-272-9 / World rights / March 2010

25 January 2010

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PORTFOLIOS OF THE POOR

HOW THE WORLD'S POOR LIVE ON $2 A DAY


About forty percent of the world’s people live on incomes of two dollars a day or less. If you’ve never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. How would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children? How would you handle emergencies and old age? Portfolios of the Poor is the first book to explain systematically how the poor find solutions.


The authors report on the yearlong “financial diaries” of villagers and slum dwellers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa. The stories of these families are often surprising and inspiring. Most poor households do not live hand to mouth, spending what they earn in a desperate bid to keep afloat. Instead, they employ financial tools, many linked to informal networks and family ties. Their experiences reveal new methods to fight poverty and ways to envision the next generation of banks for the “bottom billion.”


Indispensable for those in development studies, economics, and microfinance, this book will appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about poverty and what can be done about it.


“[The authors’] scrupulous attention to actual behavior … makes this book invaluable” New Yorker / “A fascinating new book” New York Times / “The research provides evidence of the sophistication with which poor people think about their finances” Economist / “A refreshingly distinct path…In the war against global poverty, that feels like one small battle won” Washington Post


Daryl Collins is a senior associate at Bankable Frontier Associates in Boston. Jonathan Morduch is professor of public policy and economics at New York University. Stuart Rutherford is the author of The Poor and Their Money, and founder of SafeSave, a microfinance institution in Bangladesh. Orlanda Ruthven recently completed a doctoral degree in international development at the University of Oxford.


Paperback/ Rs 325/ ISBN 81-7824-289-3 / South Asia rights only/ Copublished with Princeton University Press