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The Practice of History in India
Essays in Search of a New Past

ISBN 9781032146409
Published October 18, 2021 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

In the last few decades, professional historians have raised important questions regarding the theories, methods and practices of history extant since the earliest times. Oral and Visual History have assumed a new importance in our times. This book presents seven essays on history as it can be practised productively in India. It is pedagogically important to students and teachers of history in India. Meant primarily for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, it will also be appreciated by the lay public. Readers will certainly rethink their historical perspectives in response to the issues of theory raised critically in this book.

This book is co-published with Aakar Books, New Delhi. Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the print versions of this book in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Table of Contents

1. The Balance of History and Memory 2. The Past, Present and Oral History 3. The Visual as an Archive: Questions and Answers 4. Fiction and History: Some Possibilities 5. War and Cinema 6. History and Revolutionary-Deconstruction: Ambedkar’s Historical Method 7. The Individual and History: A Note on Shivaji (February 19, 1630-April 3, 1680)

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Anirudh Deshpande is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi, India.