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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 4: 1800-1945$
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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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The Birth of Academic Historical Writing in India

The Birth of Academic Historical Writing in India

(p.520) Chapter 25 The Birth of Academic Historical Writing in India
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the origins of modern historical writing in India. These are deeply influenced by the blend of different genres of both European and Indian authors from the very beginning of colonial rule. In the first part of the 20th century, the study of history as an academic discipline first made an appearance in India, challenging the reign of the amateur and marking the relationship between academic and popular histories in India with both closeness and tension. This chapter explains that early East India Company officials who wrote histories about particular regions of India did so out of a combination of curiosity and a desire for fair governance.

Keywords:   historical writing, India, Indian authors, colonial rule, academic historian, East India Company, narratives

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