Borrowing a Past

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI:
Borrowing a Past

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos offered a theory about the subaltern status of Portuguese colonialism compared with the normative status of British colonialism, noting that since the seventeenth century, the history of colonialism has been written in English rather than Portuguese. In other words, the Portuguese colonizer has a problem of self-representation rather similar to that of the British colonized. De Sousa Santos’ description of the complexity of representational choices confronting the ‘Portuguese colonized’ is consistent with the temporal and political dilemmas of the Goan elite. Goa’s cultural histories reflect the sudden and prolific print material circulating through the nineteenth century as an intellectual renaissance spurred by the reintroduction of the printing press. This chapter examines print and politics in Goa during the nineteenth century, focusing on Portuguese and British colonialism, culture and history, caste rivalries, Indian nationalism, and reform and modernity.

Keywords: Goa; print; politics; culture; history; nationalism; Portuguese; colonialism; British; reform

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