Dr Pratinav Anil

College Lecturer in History

Pratinav is an historian of postcolonial India. After stints as a farmhand, business consultant, and research assistant, he now teaches European and world history with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

European and World History, 1750-1930
European and World History, 1930-2003
From Gandhi to the Green Revolution: India, 1937-1973
Postcolonial Historiography: Writing the Indian Nation

Pratinav is interested in peasants, hippies, and dictators.

Pratinav is the author of two bleak assessments of postcolonial Indian history. India’s First Dictatorship, co-authored with Christophe Jaffrelot, was published to some acclaim in 2020 by Hurst in Britain, OUP in the US, and HarperCollins in India, making the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and Karwaan Prize shortlists. Another India is forthcoming from Hurst. Quite apart from monographs, he enjoys writing for the popular press. By-lines include History TodayLA Review of BooksCaravan, and the Spectator.


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