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Articulating Hidden Histories: Exploring the Influence of by Jane Schneider, Rayna Rapp

By Jane Schneider, Rayna Rapp

Along with his groundbreaking Europe and the folks with no historical past, Eric R. Wolf powerfully complicated the undertaking of integrating the disciplines of anthropology and background. In Articulating Hidden Histories, lots of these inspired by means of Wolf--both anthropologists and historians--acknowledge the contribution of this nice pupil whereas extending his paintings by means of offering their very own unique box and archival research.The "hidden histories" talked about right here surround the histories of monetary and political forces able to dislodging humans from their atmosphere, of the folk therefore dislocated, and of the anthropological suggestions constructed to appreciate such strategies. inside this framework, the participants discover a very wide variety of issues, from the discovery of tribalism in colonial West Africa to the ecological activism of North American housewives.This assortment bargains a becoming tribute not just to Eric Wolf's paintings, yet to its carrying on with impression at the fields of anthropology and heritage.

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The Annals has taken on a life of its own far outside the context of empire, and, in an ironic twist, served the ends of anti-imperialist, nationalist discourse in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century India. This example of the construction and life of an imperial discourse is a stark one. Tod and the Annals occupy a dominant position in the history of Rajasthan. The Annals have become canonical—the standard and authoritative historical account of the Rājpūts. As I will show, the situation is extreme: Tod’s Annals have often replaced indigenous historical accounts of Rajasthan.

Introduction 19 twentieth century nationalist writers and activists, particularly in Bengal. The image and stories of the heroic Rājpūts in Tod’s Annals had become transformed into inspirational historic images in the rhetoric and literature of the nationalist movement. 33 Where Chatterjee looked to the political discourses of empire in order to locate his derivative discourse, I explore the mechanism by which some of this derivation has occurred. The ironic turn in Tod’s discourse, from the imperial to the nationalist, is again on the level of narrative.

11 Given Tod’s central position, it would seem crucial to know something about the man himself and the way in which he performed his work. In the more than 150 years of scholarship that has been produced since his death, there is surprisingly no major study. There are many biographical essays on Tod, all of them about fifteen pages long, all of them rehearsing the same events of his official career as Political Agent to the Western Rājpūt States. There are no full-length biographies. Given the span of time since the publication of the Annals, one would also expect to see volumes of recent scholarship that advance the field of Rājasthānī history by taking in recent theoretical and academic developments.

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