Twins in the World: Their Lives and the Legends They Inspire, from Manila to Madagascar

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The half century between 1783 and 1833 witnessed the creation of British India. Through his writings, the leading East India Company servant, Sir John Malcolm helped to shape the historical thought of British empire-building in India. Comparing Malcolm with contemporaries such as James Mill, this book uses his works to examine the intellectual history of British expansion in South Asia, shedding light upon the history of orientalism, the origins of indirect rule and the formation of British power in southern and ...
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Overview

The half century between 1783 and 1833 witnessed the creation of British India. Through his writings, the leading East India Company servant, Sir John Malcolm helped to shape the historical thought of British empire-building in India. Comparing Malcolm with contemporaries such as James Mill, this book uses his works to examine the intellectual history of British expansion in South Asia, shedding light upon the history of orientalism, the origins of indirect rule and the formation of British power in southern and western India. It presents Malcolm as one of the most prolific and influential imperial ideologues of the century before the Indian Uprising of 1857.
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“Asking about twins, Alessandra Piontelli has made astonishing discoveries about human nature and culture. This brilliant book reads as an adventure story, taking us along on a remarkable doctor's travels into worlds so remote and yet so human that they illuminate many of our own quandaries about mothers and children.” –Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice

"This fascinating book is about human ambivalence, indeed human cruelty towards twins. It can be found everywhere in the world. Is it that having twins overburdens our capacity to look after the young, or are there other reasons as well? Dr. Piontelli explores this odd dilemma with great learning and admirable imagination." –Jerome Bruner, author of The Process of Education

"Twins in the World reads like a good novel, as well as good scientific observation. Piontelli shows us something wondrous, like the face of the moon up close. She then leads us around to the hidden side where we glimpse human nature and ourselves differently than ever before." – Daniel Stern, author of The Interpersonal World of the Infant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230605961
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alessandra Piontelli is Professor of Child Neuropsychiatry and Researcher in the Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Milan. She is also the author of Twins: From Fetus to Child.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Personal Jourbaney
• Our Twins
• Voodoo Twins
• Stone Idols
• The Big Shock
• Keepers and Outcasts
• Forced Adoption and the Sex Trade
• Let Nature Take its Course
• The Hold of Superstition
• Heart of Darkness
• One Gender and One Only
• Abuse and Neglect
• Till Death Us Do Part
• Bringing It All Back Home

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