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Colonialism and its forms of knowledge : The British in India / Bernard S. Cohn.

By: Cohn, Bernard S, 1928-2003- [author.].
Contributor(s): Dirks, Nicholas B [foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Princeton studies in culture/power/history. Publisher: Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press, c1996Description: xvii, 189 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780691000435 (paperback)..Subject(s): India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 | India -- Civilization -- British influences | India -- Politics and government -- 1765-1947DDC classification: 954.03 Online resources: Table of contents | Publisher description
Contents:
Foreword /​ by Nicholas B. Dirks Introduction The command of language and the language of command Law and the colonial state in India The transformation of objects into artifacts, antiquities, and art in nineteenth-century India Cloth, clothes, and colonialism: India in the nineteenth century.
Summary: Bernard Cohn's interest in the construction of Empire as an intellectual and cultural phenomenon has set the agenda for the academic study of modern Indian culture for over two decades. His earlier publications have shown how dramatic British innovations in India, including revenue and legal systems, led to fundamental structural changes in Indian social relations. This collection of his writings in the last fifteen years discusses areas in which the colonial impact has generally been overlooked. The essays form a multifaceted exploration of the ways in which the British discovery, collection, and codification of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-180) and index.

Foreword /​ by Nicholas B. Dirks
Introduction
The command of language and the language of command
Law and the colonial state in India
The transformation of objects into artifacts, antiquities, and art in nineteenth-century India
Cloth, clothes, and colonialism: India in the nineteenth century.

Bernard Cohn's interest in the construction of Empire as an intellectual and cultural phenomenon has set the agenda for the academic study of modern Indian culture for over two decades. His earlier publications have shown how dramatic British innovations in India, including revenue and legal systems, led to fundamental structural changes in Indian social relations. This collection of his writings in the last fifteen years discusses areas in which the colonial impact has generally been overlooked. The essays form a multifaceted exploration of the ways in which the British discovery, collection, and codification of information about Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.

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