The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India

The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India

by Vinay Lal
     
 

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"This study concentrates on the politics of history-writing, offering a nuanced account of how historical thinking and the discipline of history began to assume importance in colonial and independent India. Along with discussions of the role of historians in the dispute over the now-destroyed Babri Masjid and the so-called 'saffronization' of history textbooks, the…  See more details below

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"This study concentrates on the politics of history-writing, offering a nuanced account of how historical thinking and the discipline of history began to assume importance in colonial and independent India. Along with discussions of the role of historians in the dispute over the now-destroyed Babri Masjid and the so-called 'saffronization' of history textbooks, the book also engages with Subaltern Studies, and provides insights into iconic debates over Shivaji, Aurangzeb, beef-eating, and the relationship between history and the nation state." With a new Postscript that takes into account recent developments, this highly readable account of the rise of history will appeal to students and scholars of postcolonial and culture studies, historians, social scientists, and informed general readers interested in the role of history in the public domain.

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ISBN-13:
9780195664652
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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