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The History of HistoryPolitics and Scholarship in Modern India$
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Vinay Lal

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195672442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672442.001.0001

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History in the Ascendant Mode

(p.1) Introduction
The History of History

Vinay Lal

Oxford University Press

This book explores the politics underlying the rise of history to prominence in modern India. It offers an account of the nationalist obsession with history in nineteenth-century India, examines the relationship between nation-building and the making of Indian history, and discusses the emergence of subaltern history in relation to strand of Indian historiography known as the Cambridge School. It also looks at the debate between historians over the origins of the Babri Masjid, recent attempts to communalize such figures as Vivekananda, the attempted legitimization of ‘fringe’ historical scholarship, and the revisionism of those who purport to establish Aryanism as the only foundation of Indian civilization. Finally, this book extends the discussion of Indian histories to those being generated in cyberspace in the North American Indian and specifically Hindu diaspora.

Keywords:   history, India, politics, nation-building, subaltern history, Cambridge School, historiography, Babri Masjid, Hinduism, cyberspace

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