Shock City of Twentieth-Century India

by Howard Spodek

Published by: Indiana University Press

352 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 12 b&w illus., 3 maps

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253355874
  • Published: April 2011


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  • eBook
  • 9780253000835
  • Published: April 2011


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.