By Nicholas Dirks

ISBN-10: 0231169663

ISBN-13: 9780231169660

ISBN-10: 0231169671

ISBN-13: 9780231169677

ISBN-10: 0231538510

ISBN-13: 9780231538510

The many years among 1970 and the top of the 20th century observed the disciplines of background and anthropology draw nearer jointly, with historians paying extra recognition to social and cultural components and the importance of daily event within the examine of the prior. the folk, instead of elite actors, grew to become the point of interest in their inquiry, and anthropological insights into agriculture, kinship, ritual, and people customs enabled historians to improve richer and extra consultant narratives. The intersection of those disciplines additionally helped students reframe the legacies of empire and the roots of colonial knowledge.

In this selection of essays and lectures, history's flip from excessive politics and formal highbrow heritage towards traditional lives and cultural rhythms is vividly mirrored in a scholar's highbrow trip to India. Nicholas B. Dirks recounts his early research of kingship in India, the increase of the caste procedure, the emergence of English imperial curiosity in controlling markets and India's political regimes, and the advance of a hindrance in sovereignty that resulted in a rare nationalist fight. He stocks his own encounters with records that supplied the assets and limits for learn on those topics, finally revealing the bounds of colonial wisdom and unmarried disciplinary views. Drawing parallels to the way in which American universities stability the liberal arts and really good learn at the present time, Dirks, who has occupied senior administrative positions and now leads the college of California at Berkeley, encourages students to proceed to use a number of ways to their study and construct a extra worldwide and moral archive.

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Mackenzie collected texts while mapping and surveying newly conquered territories of southern India. Even though he never conducted a revenue survey, scrupulously avoiding direct inquiries about production and revenue, there was no way (and no reason) to promise that knowledge about local lineages or tenures might not be used by an imperial power that was at this very point establishing itself as a state based more on the capacity to collect land revenue than support itself through trade. Indeed, virtually all of the information collected by Mackenzie turned out to concern the rights and privileges of kings, chiefs, headmen, Brahmans, and religious institutions.

Michel Foucault, Archaeology of Knowledge It is the state which first presents subject-matter that is not only adapted to the prose of History, but involves the production of such history in the very progress of its own being.  W. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of History Ethnography of the Archive T he first time I entered an archive, I panicked. My historical zeal inexplicably vanished as I desperately stemmed a welling desire to exit immediately and search for the nearest pub. I saw before me the thousands of documents I could indent, the books I might read, the files I had to wade through.

Colin Mackenzie, an engineer and mathematician by training, went to India as an army man in the late eighteenth century and soon became known for his extraordinary cartographic talents, first designing a military assault on the fort of Tipu Sultan, who until his final defeat in 1799 constituted a major threat to British rule, then devising a complex plan for the surveying and mapping of newly conquered territories. His surveying skills were recognized: he was designated as the surveyorgeneral of Madras in 1810, only to become the first surveyor-general of India in 1815.

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