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Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (Contemporary South Asia)

Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (Contemporary South Asia)

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Gyanendra Pandey
Cambridge University Press, 11/22/2001
EAN 9780521807593, ISBN10: 052180759X

Hardcover, 234 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

Through an investigation of the violence that marked the partition of British India in 1947, this book analyses questions of history and memory, the nationalisation of populations and their pasts, and the ways in which violent events are remembered (or forgotten) in order to ensure the unity of the collective subject - community or nation. Stressing the continuous entanglement of 'event' and 'interpretation', the author emphasises both the enormity of the violence of 1947 and its shifting meanings and contours. The book provides a sustained critique of the procedures of history-writing and nationalist myth-making on the question of violence, and examines how local forms of sociality are constituted and reconstituted, by the experience and representation of violent events. It concludes with a comment on the different kinds of political community that may still be imagined even in the wake of Partition and events like it.

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1. By way of introduction
2. The three partitions of 1947
3. Historians' history
4. The evidence of the historian
5. Folding the local into the national
Garhmukhteshwar, November 1946
6. Folding the national into the local
Delhi, 1947–8
7. Disciplining difference
8. Constructing community
Select bibliography
Index.