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Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar's Passage to India

Nicholas Dirks


This book uses a scholar's intellectual journey to India to look at how, between 1970 and the end of the twentieth century, the discipline of history turned its focus from high politics and formal intellectual history toward ordinary lives and cultural rhythms. It shows how, during this time, the disciplines of history and anthropology draw closer together, with historians paying more attention to social and cultural factors and the significance of everyday experiences. Through this process, the people, rather than elite actors, became the focus of historic inquiry, and anthropological insight ... More

Keywords: history, India, kingship, colonial knowledge, anthropology, empire, caste system, liberal arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169677
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Dirks, author
University of California, Berkeley