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Knowledge, mediation and empire
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Knowledge, mediation and empire: James Tod's journeys among the Rajputs

Florence D'Souza

Abstract

James Tod (1782-1835) spent twenty-two years in India (1800-1822), during the last five of which he was Political Agent of the British Government in India to the Western Rajput States in north-west India. His book studies Tod’s relationships with particular Rajput leaders and with the Rajputs as a group in general, in order to better understand his attempts to portray their history, geographical moorings and social customs to British and European readers. The book highlights Tod’s apparently numerous motivations in writing on the Rajputs : to bring knowledge about the Rajputs into European cir ... More

Keywords: James Tod, mediator of knowledge, the Rajputs, history, geographical moorings, social customs, institutional and ethnic hypotheses, friendly exchanges, beyond binary oppositions, making Rajputana known

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090806
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090806.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florence D'Souza, author
University of Lille 3

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