Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India, 1700-1960 by Prachi Deshpande

Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India, 1700-1960

byPrachi Deshpande

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The "Maratha period" of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when an independent Maratha state successfully resisted the Mughals, is a defining era in the history of the region of Maharashtra in western India. In this book, Prachi Deshpande considers the importance of this period for a variety of political projects including anticolonial/Hindu nationalism and the non-Brahman movement, as well as popular debates throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries concerning the meaning of tradition, culture, and the experience of colonialism and modernity.

Sampling from a rich body of literary and cultural sources, Deshpande highlights shifts in history writing in early modern and modern India and the deep connections between historical and literary narratives. She traces the reproduction of the Maratha period in various genres and public arenas, its incorporation into regional political symbolism, and its centrality to the making of a modern Marathi regional consciousness. She also shows how historical memory provided a space for Indians to negotiate among their national, religious, and regional identities, pointing to history's deeper potential in shaping politics within thoroughly diverse societies.

A truly unique study, Creative Pasts examines the practices of historiography and popular memory within a particular colonial context, and illuminates the impact of colonialism on colonized societies and cultures. Furthermore, it shows how modern history and historical memory are jointly created through the interplay of cultural activities, power structures, and political rhetoric.

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Prachi Deshpande earned her M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University and her Ph.D. from Tufts University and is currently an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she has taught at Rutgers (Newark) and Colorado State.

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Title:Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India, 1700-1960Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2007Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231511434

ISBN - 13:9780231511438

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Bakhar Historiography
Representing Maratha Power
History, Print, and Education
Historiography and Nationalism
Region, Nation, and Maratha History
Maratha History and Historical Fiction
Caste, Identity, and Difference
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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recommended for readers interested in Indian historiography as well as those who are interested in the negotiation of modernity and the politics of identity in the Indian context.