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Post-Colonial Histories of South Asia: Some Reflections
Journal of Contemporary History
Vol. 38, No. 1, Redesigning the Past (Jan., 2003), pp. 133-146
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3180701
Page Count: 14
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This article investigates how and the extent to which historical writing on the South Asian subcontinent has been influenced by the onset and formal end of colonialism. It makes a case for the need to move well beyond the rounded circles of certain dead-end 'debates' if South Asian history is to continue to make creative contributions to historiography. It also asks to put into perspective the ways in which the 'debates' in academic history intersect with the politics of public representations of the past in contemporary India.
Journal of Contemporary History © 2003 Sage Publications, Ltd.