1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the History of Colonialism in South Asia

Edited By Harald Fischer-Tiné, Maria Framke Copyright 2022
    534 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    534 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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).

    The volume offers a comprehensive, nuanced, yet highly accessible and readable introduction to the key historiographical and methodological debates that have shaped the field of colonial studies on South Asia for the past decades. [...] It will be most useful to newcomers to the field of modern South Asian studies, as it provides effective and eminently readable introductions to some of the key debates, schools of thoughts, and developments in the historiography of this region over the last four decades. At the same time, the volume will also be useful to more seasoned practitioners who are seeking to expand their teaching or research by providing detailed bibliographies of the latest research on these topics. Overall, this volume provides a valuable contribution to our knowledge and understanding of South Asian colonial history and historiography, and this author anticipates it will quickly become a standard text assigned for courses about the history of modern South Asia and the British Empire in India.

    Mark Condos, King’s College London, UK. Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists (June 2022)

    "It is a handbook rather than a textbook. Students at all levels will find the individual essays invaluable, when they are seeking an introduction to a new theme or to capture the lineaments of some debate in South Asian history. The volume will be useful also for teachers and researchers to have on their shelves as a “go-to“ for tracking recent trends and historiography. I see its role as a reference book and it will contribute greatly to making South Asian history more widely and easily accessible to students in different parts of the anglophone world." - Samita Sen, Cambridge University