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Annexation and the Unhappy Valley

The Historical Anthropology of Sindh’s Colonization

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Matthew A. Cook

Annexation and the Unhappy Valley: The Historical Anthropology of Sindh’s Colonization addresses the nineteenth century expansion and consolidation of British colonial power in the Sindh region of South Asia. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach and employs a fine-grained, nuanced and situated reading of multiple agents and their actions. It explores how the political and administrative incorporation of territory (i.e., annexation) by East India Company informs the conversion of intra-cultural distinctions into socio-historical conflicts among the colonized and colonizers. The book focuses on colonial direct rule, rather than the more commonly studied indirect rule, of South Asia. It socio-culturally explores how agents, perspectives and intentions vary—both within and across regions—to impact the actions and structures of colonial governance.

The Postcolonial Orient

The Politics of Difference and the Project of Provincialising Europe

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Vasant Kaiwar

In The Postcolonial Orient, Vasant Kaiwar presents a far-reaching analysis of the political, economic, and ideological cross-currents that have shaped and informed postcolonial studies preceding and following the 1989 moment of world history. The valences of the ‘post’ in postcolonialism are unfolded via some key historical-political postcolonial texts showing, inter alia, that they are replete with elements of Romantic Orientalism and the Oriental Renaissance. Kaiwar mobilises a critical body of classical and contemporary Marxism to demonstrate that far richer understandings of ‘Europe’ not to mention ‘colonialism’, ‘modernity’ and ‘difference’ are possible than with a postcolonialism captive to phenomenological-existentialism and post-structuralism, concluding that a narrative so enriched is indispensable for a transformative non-Eurocentric internationalism.

Beyond Caste

Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present

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Sumit Guha

'Caste' is today almost universally perceived as an ancient and unchanging Hindu institution preserved solely by a deep-seated religious ideology. Yet the word itself is an importation from sixteenth-century Europe. This book tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under this label and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.

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Edited by Marleen Dieleman, Juliette Koning and Peter Post

The existing literature on Chinese Indonesians has so far tended to take an approach of either victimization and marginalization or a focus on elite businessmen and their economic influence. This volume takes a different perspective. The Chinese in Indonesia were not only innocent victims of history, but were simultaneously active agents of change. Chinese Indonesians from different walks of life played an active role in shaping society during regime changes and found creative and constructive ways to deal with situations of adversity. This book demonstrates that regime changes in Indonesia did not only pose threats of violence, but also offered opportunities that induced “agency” on the part of Chinese Indonesians to shape their own destinies and that of the country.

From Harappa to Hastinapura

A Study of the Earliest South Asian City and Civilization

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Piotr Eltsov

This book redefines the concepts of the city and civilization in the Harappan and Early Historic South Asia, using archaeological data and ancient Indian texts. In contrast to previous studies, it approaches the texts not as sources of factual information, but as sources of abstract ideas that can be used in the analysis of archaeological data. The main themes discussed throughout the book are: the use of ancient texts in the analysis of archaeological data, the historicity of Sanskrit and Pa-li literature, the idea of the city in the Harappan and Gangetic South Asia, and ultimately the idea of the ancient Indian civilization. This book is important to all interested in the rise of civilization in South Asia, the archaeology of early complex societies, and ancient history. It is illustrated with plans and photos of archaeological sites.

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The Gazetteers of British India
District Series

It is the part of irony that district gazetteers, which were manuals for use by Collectors and Officials, were designated as manuals in only one of the provinces: Madras. Beginning in 1853, district manuals were published there. Then in the late nineteenth century Madras followed the lead of the rest of the Colony and brought out district gazetteers.

This collection is also included in the collections Gazetteers of British India, 1833-1962 and Gazetteers of British India: District Series.

Various Authors & Editors

The Gazetteers of British India
District Series

It is the part of irony that district gazetteers, which were manuals for use by Collectors and Officials, were designated as manuals in only one of the provinces: Madras. Beginning in 1853, district manuals were published there. Then in the late nineteenth century Madras followed the lead of the rest of the Colony and brought out district gazetteers.

This collection is also included in the collections Gazetteers of British India, 1833-1962 and Gazetteers of British India: District Series.

Various Authors & Editors

The Gazetteers of British India
District Series

It is the part of irony that district gazetteers, which were manuals for use by Collectors and Officials, were designated as manuals in only one of the provinces: Madras. Beginning in 1853, district manuals were published there. Then in the late nineteenth century Madras followed the lead of the rest of the Colony and brought out district gazetteers.

This collection is also included in the collections Gazetteers of British India, 1833-1962 and Gazetteers of British India: District Series.

Various Authors & Editors

The Gazetteers of British India
District Series

It is the part of irony that district gazetteers, which were manuals for use by Collectors and Officials, were designated as manuals in only one of the provinces: Madras. Beginning in 1853, district manuals were published there. Then in the late nineteenth century Madras followed the lead of the rest of the Colony and brought out district gazetteers.

This collection is also included in the collections Gazetteers of British India, 1833-1962 and Gazetteers of British India: District Series.

Various Authors & Editors

The Gazetteers of British India
District Series

It is the part of irony that district gazetteers, which were manuals for use by Collectors and Officials, were designated as manuals in only one of the provinces: Madras. Beginning in 1853, district manuals were published there. Then in the late nineteenth century Madras followed the lead of the rest of the Colony and brought out district gazetteers.

This collection is also included in the collections Gazetteers of British India, 1833-1962 and Gazetteers of British India: District Series.