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The black hole of empire : history of a global practice of power

Author: Partha Chatterjee
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
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When Siraj, the ruler of Bengal, overran the British settlement of Calcutta in 1756, he allegedly jailed 146 European prisoners overnight in a cramped prison. Of the group, 123 died of suffocation. While this episode was never independently confirmed, the story of "The black hole of Calcutta' was widely circulated and seen by the British public as an atrocity committed by savage colonial subjects. "The Black Hole of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Partha Chatterjee
ISBN: 9780691152004 0691152004 9780691152011 0691152012
OCLC Number: 742234372
Description: xiv, 425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of Illustrations --
Preface --
Chapter 1. Outrage in Calcutta --
The Travels of a Monument --
Old Fort William --
A New Nawab --
The Fall of Calcutta --
The Aftermath of Defeat --
The "Genuine" Narrative --
Reconquest and More --
Whose Revolution? --
Chapter 2. A Secret Veil --
The Conquest in History --
The Age of Plunder --
Early Histories of Conquest --
The Modem State and Modem Empires --
The Nabobs Come Home --
The Critique of Conquest --
Chapter 3. Tipus Tiger --
A Bengali in Britain --
Contemporary Indian Histories --
The Early Modern in South Asia --
The Early Modern as a Category of Transition --
Niti versus Dharma --
An Early Modern History of Bengal --
Tipu as an Early Modern Absolute Monarch --
The Tiger of Mysore --
The Mysore Family in Calcutta --
Chapter 4. Liberty of the Subject --
The New Fort William --
The Early Press in Calcutta --
The Strength of Constitution --
The Making of Early Modern Citizens --
Other Early Modern Institutions --
Chapter 5. Equality of Subjects --
The Falsehood of All Religions --
The Colonization of Barbarous Countries --
Citizens of Character and Capital --
The Unsung End of Early Modernity --
Chapter 6. For the Happiness of Mankind --
The Founding of a Myth --
The Utility of Empire --
The Morality of Empire --
The Myth Refurbished --
Chapter 7. The Pedagogy of Violence --
The Law of Nations in the East --
Dalhousie and Paramountcy --
Awadh under British Protection --
The Road to Annexation --
Awadh Annexed --
Imperialism: Liberal and Antiliberal --
A Chimerical Lucknow --
Chapter 8. The Pedagogy of Culture --
The Contradictions of Colonial Modernity --
The City and the Public --
The New Bengali Theater --
Shedding a Tear for Siraj --
On the Poetic and Historical Imaginations --
Siraj and the National-Popular --
The Dramatic Form of the National-Popular --
Surveillance and Proscription --
Chapter 9. Bombs, Sovereignty, and Football --
The New Memorial --
The Scramble for Empire --
The Normalization of the, Nation-State --
Violence and the Motherland --
Early Actions --
Strategies and Tactics --
Igniting the Imagination --
Football as a Manly Sport --
Football and Nationalism --
Official Responses --
The Later Phase --
Chapter 10. The Death and Everlasting Life of Empire --
A Gigantic Hoax --
We Are Kings of the Country, and the Rest Are Slaves --
Siraj, Once More on Stage --
Endgames of Empire --
Empire Today --
Afterword --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Partha Chatterjee.
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When Siraj, the ruler of Bengal, overran the British settlement of Calcutta in 1756, he allegedly jailed 146 European prisoners overnight in a cramped prison. Of the group, 123 died of suffocation.  Read more...

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