The Cultures of History in Early Modern India: Persianization and Mughal Culture in Bengal

Hardcover | February 15, 2009

byKumkum Chatterjee

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The book addresses an extremely important question, namely, the nature of "history" writing in precolonial India. It is anchored by two themes: a study of historical traditions in early modern India, specifically, in Bengal during the 17th and 18th centuries and secondly, a study of Mughalpolitical culture as manifest in the cultures of history-writing in Bengal. The second theme of the book also touches upon the topic of the interaction between Islamicate cultural traditions in the South Asian sub-continent with Indic, vernacular traditions.

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The book addresses an extremely important question, namely, the nature of "history" writing in precolonial India. It is anchored by two themes: a study of historical traditions in early modern India, specifically, in Bengal during the 17th and 18th centuries and secondly, a study of Mughalpolitical culture as manifest in the cultures o...

Kumkum Chatterjee is Associate Professor, Dept. of History, the Pennsylvania State University
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195698800

ISBN - 13:9780195698800

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Mapping Early Modern Bengal: Polity, Culture and the Literary Universe2. The Genealogical Tradition3. Performance Narratives and the Mughal Factor4. Prose Narratives of Kings: Between the 'Old' and 'New'5. Saving the Mughal Legacy: The Tarikhs of the Nawabi World6. The English East India Company: Reflections on Mughal Traditions of Governance7. Mughal Culture and Persianization in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century BengalConclusionBibliographyIndex