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The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth

Dipesh Chakrabarty


Surveying more than 1,200 letters that two famous Indian historians, Sir Jadunath Sarkar (1870-1958) and his collaborator Govind Sakharam Sardesai (1865-1959), wrote to each other in the first half of the twentieth century, this book develops a two-tiered argument about the modern and academic discipline of history. At one level, it demonstrates how the basic concepts and practices of the discipline (such as those relating to historical evidence, historical truth, or even ideas of research and practices of archiving) were formulated in colonial India through vigorous, sometimes bitter and hurt ... More

Keywords: public life of history, Jadunath Sarkar, G. S. Sardesai, history of history, academic history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226100449
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226240244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dipesh Chakrabarty, author