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The black hole of empire : history of a global practice of power, Partha Chatterjee

Label
The black hole of empire : history of a global practice of power
Title
The black hole of empire
Title remainder
history of a global practice of power
Statement of responsibility
Partha Chatterjee
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chatterjee, Partha
Dewey number
954/.14029
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS465
LC item number
.C53 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • East India Company
  • Siraj ud-daula
  • Bengal (India)
  • Black Hole Incident, Kolkata, India, 1756
  • Imperialism
  • Europe
  • Kolkata (India)
  • India
Label
The black hole of empire : history of a global practice of power, Partha Chatterjee
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
742234372
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 425 pages
Isbn
9780691152011
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011028355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)742234372
  • (OCoLC)742234372
Label
The black hole of empire : history of a global practice of power, Partha Chatterjee
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
742234372
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 425 pages
Isbn
9780691152011
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011028355
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)742234372
  • (OCoLC)742234372

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