Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Document Raj – Writing and Scribes in Early Colonial South India - Chicago Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Document Raj: Writing and Scribes in Early Colonial South India

Bhavani Raman


Historians of British colonial rule in India have noted both the place of military might and the imposition of new cultural categories in the making of Empire, but this book uncovers a lesser-known story of power: the power of bureaucracy. Drawing on archival research in the files of the East India Company's administrative offices in Madras, this book tells the story of a bureaucracy gone awry in a fever of documentation practices that grew ever more abstract—and the power, both economic and cultural, this created. In order to assert its legitimacy and value within the British Empire, the East ... More

Keywords: british colonial rule, india, cultural categories, british empire, power, east india company, madras, bureaucracy, legitimacy, record keeping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226703275
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226703299.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bhavani Raman, author

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.