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Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895

Irschick, Eugene F.

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ISBN 10: 0520084047 / ISBN 13: 9780520084049
Published by University of California Press, 1994
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8vo rebound in handsome green cloth binding. 263 pp. From private collection. No signatures or bookplates. Pages remain clean and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # FH040113032

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Title: Dialogue and History: Constructing South ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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Eugene Irschick deftly questions the conventional wisdom that knowledge about a colonial culture is unilaterally defined by its rulers. Focusing on nineteenth-century South India, he demonstrates that a society's view of its history results from a "dialogic process" involving all its constituencies.

For centuries, agricultural life in South India was seminomadic. But when the British took dominion, they sought to stabilize the region by inventing a Tamil "golden age" of sedentary, prosperous villages. Irschick shows that this construction resulted not from overt British manipulation but from an intricate cross-pollination of both European and native ideas. He argues that the Tamil played a critical role in constructing their past and thus shaping their future. And British administrators adapted local customs to their own uses.

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Eugene F. Irschick is Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Tamil Revivalism in the 1930s (1986).

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