Convergence: Rethinking India’s Past
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edited by Radhika Seshan
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Pune
This volume explores the multiplicity of sources that can be used for studying Indian history. Texts, literature, inscriptions, and other sources have long been but the fountainheads of history. The essays in this volume, however, begin with the premise that such sources, in the true spirit of historical research, need to be re-interrogated. Without ignoring questions of the validity of a source, they also emphasize the hybridity and range of material that can be used as a historical source. Starting, therefore, with the idea of ‘re-search’, this volume examines sources that have so far been used, before proceeding to study newer ones that have yet to be utilized. Keeping this in mind, it re-examines the better known sources, such as Portuguese, French and English factory records, travel accounts, Chinese texts, and also maps, travel accounts, Tibetan and Japanese sources.
Suchandra Ghosh • Ruby Maloni • Rila Mukherjee • Masao Naito • M.N. Rajesh • Radhika Seshan • Teotonio R. de Souza
‘The book, as a whole, offers helpful guidance on where to find specific sets of historical sources and will be useful as a source of reference for many scholars and students of South Asian history and related fields.’
Werner Menski, South Asia Research