This book examines the reasons behind the Great Divergence. Kaveh Yazdani analyzes India's socio-economic, techno-scientific, military, political and institutional developments. The focus is on Gujarat between the 17th and early 19th centuries and Mysore during the second half of the 18th century.
India, Modernity and the Great Divergence is an original and pioneering book about India's transition towards modernity and the rise of the West. The work examines global entanglements alongside the internal dynamics of 17th to 19th century Mysore and Gujarat in comparison to other regions of Afro-Eurasia. It is an interdisciplinary survey that enriches our historical understanding of South Asia, ranging across the fascinating and intertwined worlds of modernizing rulers, wealthy merchants, curious scholars, utopian poets, industrious peasants and skilled artisans. Bringing together socio-economic and political structures, warfare, techno-scientific innovations, knowledge production and transfer of ideas, this book forces us to rethink the reasons behind the emergence of the modern world.
Kaveh Yazdani, Ph.D. (2014), is a Postdoc Fellow at the Center for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has published a number of articles, including 'Haidar 'Ali and Tipu Sultan - Mysore's 18th Century Rulers in Transition'.