Douglas M. Peers and Nandini Gooptu

in India and the British Empire

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199259885
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744587 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series


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This chapter identifies and reviews a number of the major themes in modern South Asian historiography which are further explored by chapters in this collection, highlighting the contributions made by among others the so-called Cambridge School and Subaltern Studies as well as considering their limitations. Attention is particularly paid to a number of the binary oppositions that have characterized the writing of South Asian history, notably colonizer/colonized, colonialism/nationalism, and tradition/modernity. Such binaries have tended to flourish because South Asian history was all too often framed within the political geography of the colonial state and its successors: India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. By recasting South Asian history in terms of regional and transnational perspectives, the following chapters open up new ways of thinking about the history of South Asia.

Keywords: historiography; colonialism; Cambridge School; Subaltern Studies; modernity; regionalism; transnationalism; India

Chapter.  5641 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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