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Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia

ISBN 9781138364844
Published September 2, 2021 by Routledge
534 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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The Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia provides a comprehensive overview of the historiographical specialisation and sophistication of the history of colonialism in South Asia. It explores the classic works of earlier generations of historians and offers an introduction to the rapid and multifaceted development of historical research on colonial South Asia since the 1990s. Covering economic history, political history, and social history and offering insights from other disciplines and ‘turns’ within the mainstream of history, the handbook is structured in six parts:

  • Overarching Themes and Debates
  • The World of Economy and Labour
  • Creating and Keeping Order: Science, Race, Religion, Law, and Education
  • Environment and Space
  • Culture, Media, and the Everyday
  • Colonial South Asia in the World

The editors have assembled a group of leading international scholars of South Asian history and related disciplines to introduce a broad readership into the respective subfields and research topics. Designed to serve as a comprehensive and nuanced yet readable introduction to the vast field of the history of colonialism in the Indian subcontinent, the handbook will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of South Asian history, imperial and colonial history, and global and world history.

Table of Contents

Part I Overarching Themes and Debates

1. Caste in British India: between continuity and colonial construc-tion

Dwaipayan Sen

2. The Political Economy of Colonialism in India

David Washbrook

3. State formation in India: from the Company state to the late colonial state

Michael Mann

4. Nationalisms and their discontents in Colonial India

William Gould

5. Reordering religion in colonial South Asia

Brian Hatcher

6. Reconstituting Masculinities/Femininities: Modern Experiences

Tanika Sarkar

7. Contested history: the rise of communalism and the Partition of British India

Ian Talbot

8. The Raj’s uncanny other: Indirect rule and the princely states

Teresa Segura-Garcia

Part II The World of Economy and Labour

9. The Emergence of A ‘Modern’ Urban-Industrial Workforce in India, 1860–1914

Aditya Sarkar

10. Military labour markets in colonial India from the Company state to World War II

Gavin Rand

11. Merchants, Moneylenders, Karkhanedars, and the Emergence of the Informal Sector

Sebastian Schwecke

12. Indian big business under the Company and the Raj

Claude Markovits

13. Revenue extraction in colonial South Asia

Hayden Bellenoit

Part III Creating and keeping Order: Science, Race, Religion, Law and Education

14. The Science and Medicine of Colonial India

David Arnold

15. Race in colonial South Asia: Science and the law

Projit Mukharji

16. ‘A Race Apart’? – The European Community in Colonial India

Satoshi Mizutani

17. Christian missionary agendas in colonial India

Heike Liebau

18. Penal law, penology and prisons in colonial India

Michael Offermann

19. Terrorism and counter-terrorism in colonial India

Joseph McQuade

20. Schooling the Subcontinent: State, Space and Society, and the Dynamics of Education in Colonial South Asia

Michael Brunner

Part IV Environment and Space

21. Of Lives and Landscapes: The Environmental History of Colonial South Asia

Arnab Dey

22. Questioning ‘railway-centrism’: Infrastructural governance and cultures of colonial transport system, 1760s–1900s

Nitin Sinha

23. Colonial Port Cities and the Infrastructure of Empire: Tracing the Geography of Alcohol in British Colonial India

Swati Chattopadhyay

24. Site of deficiency and site of hope: the village in colonial South Asia

Sanjukta Das Gupta

25. Imperial Sanctuaries: The Hill Stations of Colonial South Asia

Nandini Bhattacharya

26. Agrarian history of colonial South Asia

Nikolay Kamenov

Part V Culture, Media and the Everyday

27. Physical Culture and the Body in Colonial India, c. 1800–1947

Carey Watt

28. Before Bollywood: Bombay Cinema and the Rise of the Film Industry in Late Colonial India

Harald Fischer-Tiné

29. Rhythms of the Raj: Music in Colonial South Asia

Bob van der Linden

31. Consumer Practices and ‘Consumerism’ in Late Colonial India

Douglas Haynes

31. Food and Intoxicants in British India

Utsa Ray

32. Languages, Literatures and the Public Sphere

Hans Harder

33. Emotions, senses and perception of the self

Margrit Pernau

Part VI Colonial South Asia in the World

34. Women, Migration and Travel from Colonial India

Shompa Lahiri

35. Debates on Citizenship in Colonial South Asia and Global Political Thought, c. 1880–1950

Elena Valdameri

36. South Asia and South Asians in the world-wide web of anticolonial solidarity

Carolien Stolte

37. Disruptive entanglements: South Asia and South Asians in the World Wars

Ravi Ahuja

38.Indian humanitarianism under colonial rule: Imperial loyalty, national self-assertion and anticolonial emancipation

Maria Framke

39. Famine Relief in Colonial South Asia, 1858–1947: Regional and Global Perspectives

Joanna Simonow

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Harald Fischer-Tiné is Professor of Modern Global History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zürich) Switzerland. He has published extensively on South Asian colonial history and the history of the British Empire. His research interests include global and transnational history, the history of knowledge and the social and cultural history of colonial South Asia. His many publications include Low and Licentious Europeans: Race, Class, and 'White Subalternity' in Colonial India (2009) and Shyamji Krishnavarma: Sanskrit, Sociology and Anti-Imperialism (2014).

Maria Framke is a historian at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, Germany. She works on the history of imperial, international and nationalist politics, humanitarianism, and ideologies in the twentieth century. She is also the author of Engagement with Italian Fascism and German National Socialism in India, 1922–1939 (2013).