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Westernised Middle Class, Intellectuals and Society in Late Colonial India

Society in Late Colonial India Michelguglielmo Torri This paper reviews the Cambridge school critique of the concept of "westernised middle class" that was extensively employed in studying the Indian national movement Elaborating on the inconsistencies of the alternatives proposed in the critique the author adduces a fresh proposal as a possible way out of the methodological labyrinth in which the theme has lost itself.

Social System and Ideology in South India

Social System and Ideology in South India Michelguglielmo Torri RECENTLY, most of those scholars belonging to the so-called Cambridge school who contributed to the by now famous Volume VII (1973) of Modem Asian Studies,1 have expanded their original contributions to it in full- length books. One of these works is D A Washbrook's "The Emergence of Provincial Politics: The Madras Presidency 1870-1920".2 This extreme ly important book represents the at tempt to build a model explaining the structural reasons of that extraordi nary change in Indian politics which became apparent in the years from 1917 to 1920, when the "history of the British in India becomes the history of a retreat ... [and the] road along which India would march to Independence and Partition was opened..." (p 8).

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