Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power Partha Chatterjee

ISBN: 9781280494161

Published: January 1st 2012

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440 pages


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Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power  by  Partha Chatterjee

Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee
January 1st 2012 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 440 pages | ISBN: 9781280494161 | 10.19 Mb

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 independentlyMoreWhen 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 empires 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.Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.



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