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  • 2 tables
  • Page extent: 304 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521528757 | ISBN-10: 0521528755)

Two highly regarded scholars come together to examine India's relationship with the world's major powers and its own search for a significant role in the international system. Central to the argument is India's belief that the acquisition of an independent nuclear capability is key to obtaining such status. The book details the major constraints at the international, domestic and perceptual levels that India has faced in this endeavor. It concludes, through a detailed comparison of India's power capabilities, that India is indeed a rising power, but that significant systemic and domestic changes will be necessary before it can achieve its goal. The book examines the prospects and implications of India's integration into the major-power system in the twenty-first century. This book's incisive analysis will be illuminating for students, policy makers, and for anyone wishing to understand the region in greater depth.

• A regional and theoretical approach with appeal to students from a range of disciplines


1. Introduction: India and its search for a major power role; 2. Major power status in the modern world: India in comparative perspective; 3. The constraints on India: international and domestic; 4. India's quest for a major power role under Nehru: the formative grand strategy of a new state, 1947–1964; 5. Strategy in hard times: the long march to building capabilities after Nehru, 1964–1990; 6. After the Cold War: adaptation, persistence, and assertion, 1991–2001; 7. Conclusions: India and the emerging international order.


' … a very good and well-written text. This book can be highly recommended both to undergraduate students of South Asian politics and international relations and to postgraduate students needing a book to set the context for this debate, which is surely one of the most crucial to international security in the early twenty-first century.' International Affairs

'… fluently written analysis …' The Round Table

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