India and the British Empire

Paperback | November 13, 2016

EditorDouglas M. Peers, Nandini Gooptu

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South Asian History has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance over the past thirty years. Its historians are not only producing new ways of thinking about the imperial impact and legacy on South Asia, but also helping to reshape the study of imperial history in general. The essays in this collection address a number of these important developments, delineating not only the complicated interplay between imperial rulers and their subjects in India, but also illuminating the economic, political, environmental, social, cultural, ideological, and intellectual contextswhich informed, and were in turn informed by, these interactions. Particular attention is paid to a cluster of binary oppositions that have hitherto framed South Asian history, namely colonizer/colonized, imperialism/nationalism, and modernity/tradition, and how new analytical frameworks areemerging which enable us to think beyond the constraints imposed by these binaries. Closer attention to regional dynamics as well as to wider global forces has enriched our understanding of the history of South Asia within a wider imperial matrix. Previous impressions of all-powerful imperialism,with the capacity to reshape all before it, for good or ill, are rejected in favour of a much more nuanced image of imperialism in India that acknowledges the impact as well as the intentions of colonialism, but within a much more complicated historical landscape where other processes are atwork.

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South Asian History has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance over the past thirty years. Its historians are not only producing new ways of thinking about the imperial impact and legacy on South Asia, but also helping to reshape the study of imperial history in general. The essays in this collection address a number of these important devel...

Douglas Peers is currently Professor of History and Dean of Arts at the University of Waterloo, having previously held positions at York University, the University of Calgary, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is the author of Between Mars and Mammon: Colonial Armies and the Garrison State in Early-N...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198794614

ISBN - 13:9780198794615

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Table of Contents

1. Douglas M. Peers and Nandini Gooptu: Introduction2. Douglas M. Peers: State, Power, and Colonialism3. David Washbrook: The Indian Economy and the British Empire4. Norbert Peabody: Knowledge Formation in Colonial India5. Rosalind O'Hanlon: Colonialism and Social Identities in Flux: Class, Caste, and Religious Community6. Sumit Sarkar: Nationalisms in India7. Sandra den Otter: Law, Authority, and Colonial Rule8. Mark Harrison: Networks of Knowledge: Science and Medicine in Early Colonial India, c.1750-18209. Mahesh Rangarajan: Environment and Ecology under British Rule10. Christopher Pinney: Material and Visual Culture of British India11. Javed Majeed: Literary Modernity in South Asia12. Tanika Sarkar: Gendering of Public and Private Selves in Colonial Times13. Vijay Prashad: The Desi Diaspora: Politics, Protest, and Nationalism14. Nandini Gooptu: The Political Legacy of Colonialism in South Asia

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"The fact that many of the contributors to this book are highly regarded, well-established scholars of Britain's occupation of India immediately guarantees the book's importance for other scholars in the field. It does not fail to deliver, because many of the essays provide original argumentsthoroughly taking account of the strengths and weaknesses of the past thirty years of historical scholarship ... India and the British Empire therefore makes a valuable contribution to the field of its title by presenting up-to-date assessments of the wide variety of scholarly approaches used tounderstand the impact of India's period of British occupation on both the occupied and the occupier" --A. Martin Wainwright, Journal of British Studies