This unique volume explores sports stories that contain elements of colonialism and show the rise of nationalism and the emergence of communalism; other examples show how the establishment of nationhood in a post-colonial world, the challenge of the regions to the political centre and the impacts of globalization and economic liberalization have all left their mark on the development of sport in South Asia. Quite simply, South Asian history and society have transformed sports in the region while at the same time such games and activities have often shaped the development of South Asia.
James H. Mills teaches Indian history at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He is the author of 'Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade and Prohibition 1800-1928' (OUP, 2003) and 'Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism: The 'Native-Only' Lunatic Asylums of British India, 1857-1900' (Palgrave, 2000). He has co-edited 'Confronting the Body: The Politics of Physicality in Colonial and Post-Colonial India' (Anthem Press, 2004).