Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895

Front Cover
University of California Press, 1994 - History - 263 pages
0 Reviews
Eugene Irschick deftly questions the conventional wisdom that knowledge about a colonial culture is unilaterally defined by its rulers. Focusing on nineteenth-century South India, he demonstrates that a society's view of its history results from a "dialogic process" involving all its constituencies.

For centuries, agricultural life in South India was seminomadic. But when the British took dominion, they sought to stabilize the region by inventing a Tamil "golden age" of sedentary, prosperous villages. Irschick shows that this construction resulted not from overt British manipulation but from an intricate cross-pollination of both European and native ideas. He argues that the Tamil played a critical role in constructing their past and thus shaping their future. And British administrators adapted local customs to their own uses.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Related books

Contents

To Fix the People to Their Respective Villages
14
Using the Past to Create the Future
67
The Rise and Consolidation of the Chingleput Mirasidars
115
From Slaves to the Original Dravidians
153
Conclusion
191
Abbreviations
205
Notes
207
Bibliography
247
Index
257
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 8 - My contention is that Orientalism is fundamentally a political doctrine willed over the Orient because the Orient was weaker than the West, which elided the Orient's difference with its weakness.

References to this book

All Book Search results »

References from web pages

JSTOR: Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895.
Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895. By EUGENE IRSCHICK. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. xiii, 163 pp. ...
links.jstor.org/ sici?sici=0021-9118(199505)54%3A2%3C598%3ADAHCSI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-C

Dialogue and History "biblio"
Preferred Citation: Irschick, Eugene F. Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895. Berkeley: University of California Press, ...
content.cdlib.org/ xtf/ view?docId=ft038n99hg& chunk.id=biblio& doc.view=print

Review Indian Economic & Social History
http://ier.sagepub.com. Review. Indian Economic & Social History. DOI: 10.1177/001946469603300307. 1996; 33; 349. Indian Economic Social History Review ...
ier.sagepub.com/ cgi/ reprint/ 33/ 3/ 349.pdf?ck=nck

ARCHIVE, DISCIPLINE, STATE: POWER AND KNOWLEDGE IN SOUTH ASIAN ...
Eugene F. Irschick, Dialogue and history: constructing South India, 1795-1895. (Berkeley, 1994), 10. 20. Ibid., 8. 21. Saurabh Dube, Untouchable pasts: ...
www.nzasia.org.nz/ downloads/ NZJAS-June01/ Archive.pdf

Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895
Irschick, Eugene F. Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895. Berkeley: University of California Press, ...
ark.cdlib.org/ ark:/ 13030/ ft038n99hg/

Lynn Zastoupil | Intimacy and Colonial Knowledge | Journal of ...
Intimacy and Colonial Knowledge 1. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 3:2 | © 2002 Lynn Zastoupil [Contents] · [Search] · [Muse] ...
muse.jhu.edu/ journals/ journal_of_colonialism_and_colonial_history/ v003/ 3.2zastoupil.html

Labour Relations in an Early Colonial Context: Madras, c.1750-1800
Modern Asian Studies 36, 4 (2002), pp. 793–826.  2002 Cambridge University Press. DOI:10.1017/S0026749X0200402X Printed in the United Kingdom ...
journals.cambridge.org/ production/ action/ cjoGetFulltext?fulltextid=119392

Tamil | Arasu | Vengatasala Nayakar | Book Review |
Kavithaasaran magazine- Arasu's review on Vengatasala Nayakar
www.keetru.com/ kavithaasaran/ jan07/ arasu.php

About the author (1994)

Eugene F. Irschick is Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Tamil Revivalism in the 1930s (1986).

Bibliographic information