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Remembering Partition : Violence, Nationalism and History in India - Gyanendra Pandey

Remembering Partition

Violence, Nationalism and History in India

Hardcover Published: 14th January 2002
ISBN: 9780521807593
Number Of Pages: 234

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Through an investigation of the violence that marked the partition of British India in 1947, this book analyses questions of history and memory, the nationalisation of populations and their pasts, and the ways in which violent events are remembered (or forgotten) in order to ensure the unity of the collective subject - community or nation. Stressing the continuous entanglement of 'event' and 'interpretation', the author emphasises both the enormity of the violence of 1947 and its shifting meanings and contours. The book provides a sustained critique of the procedures of history-writing and nationalist myth-making on the question of violence, and examines how local forms of sociality are constituted and reconstituted, by the experience and representation of violent events. It concludes with a comment on the different kinds of political community that may still be imagined even in the wake of Partition and events like it.

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'[Pandey] has produced an important and influential study which will for many years influence the agenda of the 'history from beneath' approach to the history of partition.' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

List of abbreviations
By way of introduction
The three partitions of 1947
Historians' history
The evidence of the historian
Folding the local into the national: Garhmukhteshwar, November 1946
Folding the national into the local: Delhi, 1947âÇô1948
Disciplining difference
Constructing community
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521807593
ISBN-10: 052180759X
Series: Contemporary South Asia, 7
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 14th January 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48