The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India

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A radical contribution to the understanding of Indian history as a discipline, this book explores the politics of history-writing in modern India. It narrativizes the engagement of a civilization with the historical sensibility and modality. In doing so, it asserts that history, in order to be understood better, has to deploy the language of the layperson in India, and interact with the mythic, the ahistorical, and the folk. The endeavor is not to offer a comprehensive account over the last two centuries, but ...
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Overview


A radical contribution to the understanding of Indian history as a discipline, this book explores the politics of history-writing in modern India. It narrativizes the engagement of a civilization with the historical sensibility and modality. In doing so, it asserts that history, in order to be understood better, has to deploy the language of the layperson in India, and interact with the mythic, the ahistorical, and the folk. The endeavor is not to offer a comprehensive account over the last two centuries, but rather to explore the manner in which historical thinking inserted itself into the public domain.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195664652
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : history in the ascendant mode 1
1 The history of ahistoricity : the Indian tradition, colonialism, and the advent of historical thinking 27
2 Contours of the past, shape of the future : the politics of history in independent India 79
3 History as Holocaust : Ayodhya and the historians 141
4 Subalterns in the academy : the hegemony of history 186
5 Aryavarta and Silicon Valley : Indian history on the Net in the age of cyber Hinduism 231
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