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Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History

The Origins of Modern Historiography in India

Antiquarianism and Philology, 1780-1880

Authors: Mantena, R.

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This book uncovers practices surrounding acts of collecting, surveying, and antiquarianism during British colonial rule in India. By examining these practices, this book traces the colonial conditions of the production of 'sources,' the forging of a new historical method, and the ascendance of positivist historiography in nineteenth-century India.

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RAMA SUNDARI MANTENA Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA.

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'Mantena's argument that antiquarian research both chronological and philological conducted by British officers, missionaries, and their Indian collaborators in the early-colonial period led to the development of an interest in positive facts and thus contributed to the birth of the discipline of history in India is an original and significant addition to the contemporary literature on colonial knowledge. This book is destined to be important in Indian studies but it will also interest scholars who research the global history of historiography.' Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, Department of History and Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago and author of Provincializing Europe

'In this lucid historical ethnography of the origins of the colonial archive in British India, Rama Mantena calls for nothing less than a rethinking of the relationship between conquest and historiography. Drawing on high and low traditions, the 'little practices' of citation and collection and above all, the work of South Indians in the process of archive building, she re-materializes the pre-colonial worlds of Telugu print and oral cultures that helped to shape presumptively European forms of 'History' that infamous sign of the modern. Students of antiquarianism, philology, and orientalism will welcome this deep history, as will anyone who is genuinely interested in Gayatri Spivak's query, 'what is the fate of the historians' informant?'' Antoinette Burton, Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, Department of History, The University of Illinois, and author of Empire in Question


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Origins of Modern Historiography in India

    Mantena, Rama Sundari

    Pages 1-30

  • Conquest and History: The Making of Colonial Archives

    Mantena, Rama Sundari

    Pages 31-55

  • Colin Mackenzie and the Search for History

    Mantena, Rama Sundari

    Pages 57-85

  • The Kavali Brothers: Native Intellectuals in Early Colonial Madras

    Mantena, Rama Sundari

    Pages 87-121

  • Colin Mackenzie’s Archival Project and the Telugu Historical Record

    Mantena, Rama Sundari

    Pages 123-149

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Origins of Modern Historiography in India
Book Subtitle
Antiquarianism and Philology, 1780-1880
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01192-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137011923
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34101-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34378-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 261
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