Empire and Nation: Selected Essays by Partha Chatterjee

Empire and Nation: Selected Essays

byPartha Chatterjee, Nivedita Menon

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Partha Chatterjee is one of the world's greatest living theorists on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of nationalism. Beginning in the 1980s, his work, particularly within the context of India, has served as the foundation for subaltern studies, an area of scholarship he continues to develop.

In this collection, English-speaking readers are finally able to experience the breadth and substance of Chatterjee's wide-ranging thought. His provocative essays examine the phenomenon of postcolonial democracy and establish the parameters for research in subaltern politics. They include an early engagement with agrarian politics and Chatterjee's brilliant book reviews and journalism. Selections include one never-before-published essay, "A Tribute to the Master," which considers through a mock retelling of an episode from the classic Sanskrit epic, The Mahabharata, a deep dilemma in the study of postcolonial history, and several Bengali essays, now translated into English for the first time. An introduction by Nivedita Menon adds necessary context and depth, critiquing Chatterjee's ideas and their influence on contemporary political thought.

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Partha Chatterjee is professor of political science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and professor of anthropology at Columbia University. His books include The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World, A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism, and The Nation and I...
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Title:Empire and Nation: Selected EssaysFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 22, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231526504

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Table of Contents

Partial Table of Contents: Part I: Empire and Nation · "Whose Imagined Community?" · "History and the Nationalization of Hinduism" · "The Fruits of Macaulay's Poison Tree" · "Of Diaries, Delirium, and Discourse" · "The Nationalist Resolution of the Women's Question" · "Our Modernity · Beyond the Nation? Or Within?" · Part II: Democracy · "Democracy and the Violence of the State: A Political Negotiation of Death" · "Secularism and Toleration" · "Satanic of the Surrender of the Modern?" · "Are Indian Cities Becoming Bourgeois at last?" Part III: Capital and Community · "Community in the East" · "A Response to 'Taylor's Modes of Civil Society'" · "A Brief History of Subaltern Studies" · "On Religious and Linguistic Nationalisms: The Second Partition of Bengal" · "The Nation in Heterogeneous Times"

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Partha Chatterjee is one of the foremost scholars on Indian politics and political culture. Many of his essays have been discussed and debated but published elsewhere, so it is immensely useful to have so many collected in one place. I recommend this volume with enthusiasm.