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Margaret HarknessWriting social engagement 1880-1921$
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Flore Janssen and Lisa Robertson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526123503

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526123503.001.0001

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Through the mill: Margaret Harkness on conjectural history and utilitarian philosophy

Through the mill: Margaret Harkness on conjectural history and utilitarian philosophy

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(p.201) 11 Through the mill: Margaret Harkness on conjectural history and utilitarian philosophy
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Margaret Harkness
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Lisa C. Robertson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526123503.003.0012

This chapter evaluates the writing Harkness produced during her time living in the countries that are now India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Placing Harkness’s work in a nineteenth-century tradition of British historiographical writing about India that begins with James Mill’s History of British India (1817), the chapter argues that her work during this period consciously eschews conventional historical methodology and offers an important counter-narrative to colonial history. It suggests that in her attention to the ways that social movements and political institutions shape people’s daily lives, which is set within a broad foundation of personal knowledge, Harkness’s writing engages more ardently with the conventions of cultural history than it does with those of travel writing.

Keywords:   Margaret Harkness, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, James Mill, Colonial history, Cultural history, Travel writing

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