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TALKING BACKThe Idea of Civilization in the Indian Nationalist Discourse$
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Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198075042

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075042.001.0001

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The Colonialist Monologue and India Talking Back

The Colonialist Monologue and India Talking Back

(p.14) CHAPTER 1 The Colonialist Monologue and India Talking Back

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by providing a background to the colonial/Orientalist narratives that framed the discourses of ‘talking back’. James Mill’s History of British India and his adverse evaluation of Indian civilization are examined in detail. The chapter then moves on to responses of Mills version of Indian history from Bankimchandra Chatterjee, a litterateur, and R.G. Bhandarkar, one of the first professional Indian historians.

Keywords:   James Mill, India, History of British India, Indian civilization, Bankimchandra Chatterjee, R.G. Bhandarkar

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