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The Colonial State: Theory and Practice

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya (Author)

This book addresses through historical narrativization of some specific moments of colonial state building the historical specificities of the ‘colonial’ state as distinct from other state forms. It weaves together the discourse of state theory and the narrative of state practices. Its approach is based on the argument that theory was not something out there to guide practice. Rather, empirical evidence suggests a more complex picture of interaction between the two where, within parameters structured by theory, the practice in turn produces and structures theory at each conjuncture. Given this, and given the absence of theoretical enquiries of the kind which have so enriched the analysis of the post-colonial state, the historiography of the colonial period needs to revisited and complemented - and this is what this book attempts.

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About the author

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya has been Professor of Indian Economic History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, from 1975 to 2004, the Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan 1991-95, and earlier held teaching and research appointments in the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; University of Chicago; St Antony’s College, Oxford; and El Colegio de Mexico.

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Title The Colonial State: Theory and Practice
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.06.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789384092016
length 228p.,
Subjects History