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Rama Mantena Releases New Book on Political Movements in South India

Rama Mantena next to newly published book

The UIC History Department congratulates Professor Rama Sundari Mantena, Associate Chair of the History Department, on releasing a new book: Provincial Democracy: Political Imaginaries at the End of Empire in Twentieth-Century South India (Cambridge University Press, April 2023).

As one reviewer wrote: "In this superb study, Rama Mantena completely rethinks the place of provincial politics in relation to anti-colonial thought and federated futures in the twentieth century.  At the height of anti-colonial nationalist mobilization in British India, a number of collectivities demanded self-determination, federations, and civil liberties by circulating political visions that competed with discourses of Indian nationalist self-determination. Drawing out a Telugu language of politics in the idiom of provincial autonomy, rather a cultural politics of Telugu language, Mantena places its democratic lineaments in relation to global anti-colonial and internationalist thought in startlingly new ways. Provincial Democracy unearths a political genealogy of the Indian Union that has been obfuscated by ideas of Indian nationalism. It provides an inspiring model for writing and recognizing lost histories of anti-colonial political futures that are ever present."

Congratulations Professor Mantena on your thought-provoking scholarship!