Cricket Country

An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire
 
 
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 8. August 2019
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 448 Seiten
978-0-19-884313-9 (ISBN)
 
The extraordinary story of the first 'All India' national cricket tour of Great Britain and Ireland - and how the idea of India as a nation took shape on the cricket pitch.
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • Großbritannien
Black and white illustrations
  • Höhe: 166 mm
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  • Breite: 242 mm
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  • Dicke: 36 mm
  • 710 gr
978-0-19-884313-9 (9780198843139)
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Prashant Kidambi is Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History at the University of Leicester. After completing postgraduate degrees in History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. Kidambis research explores the interface between British imperialism and the history of modern South Asia. He is the author of The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890-1920 and the editor of Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos.
Preface
1: Parsi Pioneers
2: Imperial Wanderers
3: Elusive Quest
4: Reviving the Dream
5: Men in White
6: The Captain's Story
7: City of the World
8: Indian Summer
9: Lost and Won
10: Beyond the Boundary
11: Ends and Beginnings
Bibliography
Index
As you get pulled into the book, there is melodrama, rioting, political manoeuvring and sneering condescension in a tight partnership with nauseating sycophancy, drunkenness, sporting skulduggery and back-stabbing. * Ruchir Joshi, India Today * Cricket Country ... is as much about the country as it is about cricket. It is a book of history that uses cricket as a framing device... [It] offers ... fascinating insights. * Salil Tripathi, Mint * A beatifully researched history * Supriya Nair, Mumbai Mirror * Cricket Country tells [its] riveting story with passion and authority. * Suresh Menon, The Hindu * heavily researched and stylishly written * The Tribune * Kidambi tells an intriguing story exceptionally well. * Shreedutta Chidananda, The Hindu * More than a hundred summers ago, an All-India cricket team toured England for the first time. Prashant Kidambi's wonderful account of that pioneering team and its bid to represent a sub-continent is the story of a motley band of cricketers calling India into being. Through the history and itinerary of this would-be 'Indian' team, Kidambi cunningly explores the meaning of belonging and representation in British India. Cricket Country s easily the most
enjoyable non-fiction book you'll read this year. * Mukul Kesavan, author of Men in White: A Book of Cricket * This magnificent book recreates the forgotten story of the first All India cricket team, which toured England in 1911. Featuring Brahmins and Dalits, Parsis and Muslims, and led by a Sikh, this team was forging the idea of India on the sporting field while Mohandas K. Gandhi was still an expatriate in South Africa. It is a fascinating tale, and Prashant Kidambi tells it beautifully. He juxtaposes vivid quotations from primary sources with deft sketches of
personalities, close accounts of cricket matches won and lost with thoughtful meditations on imperialism and nationalism. Scholars, students, history and sports buffs, will all find reading Cricket Country an enormously educative as well as hugely enjoyable experience. I certainly did. * Ramachandra Guha, author of Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 * With a nod to Edmund Blunden's famous book in his title, Kidambi tells the little-known tale of the first Indian cricket team to tour England, in the summer of 1911. This may well become a classic to rank alongside the very best of cricket books. * Mike Sansbury, The Grove Bookshop * Meticulously researched and impeccably sourced, this is a first-rate book of serious history that also happens to be about cricket... A well written and important book on a little-known tour. * Richard Lawrence, The Cricket Statistician * The work that has gone into Cricket Country is astonishing... there is still a particular pleasure to be had from the experience of reading a book as well edited and produced as this one... Cricket Country goes well beyond the usual parameters of cricket writing... for those who are interested in where the Indian game has come from it really is a 'must read'. * Martin Chandler, Cricket Web * a formidable piece of scholarship that recreates the time in staggering detail. * Sharda Ugra, ESPNcricinfo * Cricket Country explores both the history of imperial British cricket in India and colonial Indian cricket in Britain, as well as cricket as a vehicle for nation-building, cultural diplomacy, imperial pedagogy and masculinity, but at its heart tells the tale of a group of men in search of sporting glory... Prashant Kidambi traces the story with great detail, which will delight cricket enthusiasts. * Shompa Lahiri, BBC History Magazine * Kidambi's forensic eye and vast array of sources make for a ... nuanced revisionism. Not that he pulls his punches. * Shomit Dutta, The Times Literary Supplement * 5* review: This book is an engagingly written and deeply researched social history of the last days of imperial Britain, and the first days of Modern India. The 1911 tour is used as a framing device through which the author explores the ties that bound the colony together and the slow beginnings of an Indian nationhood. It is a history book, not a cricket book, and all the better for it. * Theo Barclay, The Daily Telegraph * Prashant Kidambi tells the intriguing story of the first "All-India", and largely forgotten, team to reach British shores ... Kidambi's achievement is to retrieve from obscurity the backbone of the team, including a Dalit, or low-caste, bowler Palwankar Baloo, and Muslim cricketers from the Islamic educational centre of Aligarh. * James Lamont, The Financial Times *

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