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Conclusion and Afterthoughts

Kumkum Chatterjee

in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195698800
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195698800.003.0009
Conclusion and Afterthoughts

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This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that early modern historiography did not always possess all the properties associated with modern, rational-positivist history. This should not lead to the dismissal of the former as a flawed. Early modern history writing needs to be explored as a rich and meaningful field which constituted a valuable medium of cultural expression of the societies that composed and used them. The decisive influence of prevailing literary, intellectual, and cultural conventions in shaping the content, idiom, and style of composing history during the early modern period makes it necessary to give emphasis to the time, place, and cultural context in which the narratives studied in this book were produced.

Keywords: early modern; historiography; narratives; history; history writing

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