Empire and Nation: Selected Essays

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Columbia University Press, Apr 22, 2010 - History - 384 pages

Partha Chatterjee is one of the world's greatest living theorists on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of nationalism. Beginning in the 1980s, his work, particularly within the context of India, has served as the foundation for subaltern studies, an area of scholarship he continues to develop.

In this collection, English-speaking readers are finally able to experience the breadth and substance of Chatterjee's wide-ranging thought. His provocative essays examine the phenomenon of postcolonial democracy and establish the parameters for research in subaltern politics. They include an early engagement with agrarian politics and Chatterjee's brilliant book reviews and journalism. Selections include one never-before-published essay, "A Tribute to the Master," which considers through a mock retelling of an episode from the classic Sanskrit epic, The Mahabharata, a deep dilemma in the study of postcolonial history, and several Bengali essays, now translated into English for the first time. An introduction by Nivedita Menon adds necessary context and depth, critiquing Chatterjee's ideas and their influence on contemporary political thought.

 

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Contents

Whose Imagined Community? Millennium 20 3 Winter
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The Constitution of Indian Nationalist
37
History and the Nationalization of Hinduism 1991
59
The Fruits of Macaulays Poison Tree 1985
91
Of Diaries Delirium and Discourse 1996
111
Of Diaries Delirium and Discourse Biblio August 1996
116
Our Modernity 1994
136
Satanic? Or the Surrender of the Modern? 1988
236
We Have Heard This Before 1990
267
A Response to Taylors Modes of Civil Society 1990
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The Colonial State and Peasant Resistance in Bengal
302
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A Response to Taylors Modes ofCivil Society Public Culture
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A Tribute to the Master 2001
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Those Fond Memories of the Raj 2005
161
A Political
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Secularism and Toleration Economic andPoliticalWeekly 29 28
191
Secularism and Toleration 1994
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The Second
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Partha Chatterjee is professor of political science at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and professor of anthropology at Columbia University. His books include The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World, A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism, and The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories.

Nivedita Menon is professor of political theory at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the author of Recovering Subversion and editor of Gender and Politics in India.

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