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Journal Article

Writing Politics Back into History

Christopher Chekuri
History and Theory
Vol. 46, No. 3 (Oct., 2007), pp. 384-395
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4502265
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

This essay examines the writing of history and historiography in early modem south India as discussed in the book Textures of Time. The book argues that a historical and historio-graphical awareness was prevalent in south India prior to the arrival of a European field of knowledge under colonial rule. However, this essay maintains that the book unwittingly reproduces some of the very same Eurocentric formulations of the writing of history and modernity that it seeks to refute. A liberal conception of modernity is at the core of how society, history, and politics have been imagined in this book. These attributes of modernity, such as history as a set of causal relations, as presentation of facts, as a realm of the real cannot escape their prior formulation in Europe. The liberal social order also underpins the relationship between writing and the world. In Textures, early historians merely represent reality; they are not authors whose practices are constitutive of politics and identity. The conception of modernity overlooks the constitutive role colonial empires played in the very creation not only of the West and non-West, but also in conceptions of the real, the modem, the universal, and the historical.

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