The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power

By: Partha Chatterjee

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The Black Hole of Empire follows the ever-changing representations of this historical event and founding myth of the British Empire in India, from the eighteenth century to the present. Partha Chatterjee explores how a supposed tragedy paved the ideological foundations for the “civilizing” force of British imperial rule and territorial control in India. Chatterjee takes a close look at the justifications of modern empire by liberal thinkers, international lawyers, and conservative traditionalists, and examines the intellectual and political responses of the colonized, including those of Bengali nationalists. The two sides of empire''s entwined history are brought together in the story of the Black Hole memorial: set up in Calcutta in 1760, demolished in 1821, restored by Lord Curzon in 1902, and removed in 1940 to a neglected churchyard. Challenging conventional truisms of imperial history, nationalist scholarship, and liberal visions of globalization, Chatterjee argues that empire is a necessary and continuing part of the history of the modern state.Printed Pages: 440.

Title: The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power

Author Name: Partha Chatterjee

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black: 2013

ISBN: 8178243733

ISBN 13: 9788178243733

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 101958

Keywords: The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power Partha Chatterjee