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The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

Kumkum Chatterjee

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195698800
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195698800.001.0001
The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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This book examines the nature and function of history writing in India by focusing on early modern traditions of historiography with particular reference to Bengal. Situating distinctive cultures of history vis-á-vis their relevant political and cultural contexts, it highlights the richness, variety and politically-sensitive character of a range of oral and textual narratives. The volume also makes a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural history of early modern India by exploring interactions between regional and vernacular cultures on the one hand, and the Islamicate, Persianized culture of the Mughal Empire on the other. Strongly grounded in primary sources, it re-examines the concepts of authority, evidence, and method in early modern historiography. Examining the cultural environment in which history was produced and used, it also discusses the debates surrounding the culture of history writing in India.

Keywords: India; history writing; Bengal; Mughal Empire; historiography; narratives; early modern India; cultures

Book.  302 pages. 

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Introduction in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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Mapping Early Modern Bengal in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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The Genealogical Tradition in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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Performance Narratives and the Mughal Factor in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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Prose Narratives of Kings in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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Saving the Mughal Legacy in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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The English East India Company in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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Conclusion and Afterthoughts in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

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