Serving Empire, Serving Nation: James Tod and the Rajputs of Rajasthan

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BRILL, 2009 - Social Science - 227 pages
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James Tod s Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan was crucial in forming the modern image of the R jp t, a princely martial caste resident in India s northwest desert. This book explores the relationships between the political power of the British imperial state, the construction of historical memories in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the uses of these constructions by European writers and Indian nationalist elites. The case of the Rajputs demonstrates how imperial histories reflected Indian social processes and pre-colonial forms of knowledge, interpreted India for the world outside and for Indians themselves. This book explores the multiple discourses within Tod s Rajasthan, and European Orientalism, to show how intricately coded the British Empire was and, historically, remains.
 

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Contents

Context
25
Biography
33
Restoration
51
Protection
75
Interpretation
103
Valuation
131
Reconstruction
171
Conclusion
197
Tods Publications
201
Tods Donations to Royal Asiatic Society
203
Text of 1815 Kaulnama
209
Glossary of Indian Terms
211
Bibliography
213
Index
223
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Jason Freitag, Ph.D. (2001) in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University is an Assistant Professor of History at Ithaca College. His research interests include the Britsh Empire in India, historiography, and European Orientalism.

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