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Empires of the Mind

 
Rimi B Chatterjee (Author)
Synopsis The history of Oxford University Press in India is the history of Indian scholarly publishing. This book tells the story of OUP, or ‘the Press’, as it has always been called by its members, during the years from 1880 to 1947-an era that coincided with the modernization drive of the Press at Oxford and its rapid international expansion. The Indian Branch, established in1912, was the result of the great transformation OUP underwent in the 1860s-from a primarily learned and religious publisher to an outward-oriented institution attempting to portray and interpret eastern civilizations to the West. Providing a background for these developments, the volume traces the careers of the factions that fought over control of the Press till 1900, with an emphasis on their attitudes to international publishing and especially to India. The story then leaves Oxford, travels to London and then in 1912 to Bombay, now Mumbai. With the prestige of Oxford preceding it and its unique international orientation, the Press found ready acceptance in India. Several prominent Indian scholars approached the Press, due in large measure to Max Muller’s 50 volume Sacred Books of the East. The Press’s managers often liaised with the advised authors on matters of editing, documentation, adaptation, and style. After Independence, under the leadership of R.E. Hawkins, the Indian branch began its India-centric publishing. Most notable among the early volumes were the Jim Corbett titles, which continue to be a part of its corpus even today. This superbly researched volume, based on extensive archival use is a unique, cogent, and spontaneous history of the Press in India. With its rare archival photographs and appendices, it will interest research scholars of Indian history, general readers interested in the Raj era, students, and all those associated with the publishing industry.
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About the author

Rimi B Chatterjee

Rimi B. Chatterjee was born in Belfast, grew up in England and came to live in India at the age of ten. She was a fellow of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and now teaches at Jadavpur University. Her other interests include arts, gardening and theatre.

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Bibliographic information

Title Empires of the Mind
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 019567474X
length x+471p., Notes; Tables; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History