The King of Controversy: History and Nation-Making in Late Colonial India

  • Chatterjee K
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Abstract

Uses a public controversy among intellectuals in colonial India to draw out the important role of historical understanding in nationalist discourses. The article challenges the idea that modern history writing was essentially state-centered and grounded in rational-positivistic methodology, demonstrating the continuing power of romantic, nativist, and ethnographic accounts. The discussion extends to an examination of the relationship of rational-positivist history with romantic, popular history and suggests that the commemoration of the past should be more appropriately conceptualized by including all of these elements. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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  • Kumkum Chatterjee

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