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Sources for New Imperial Histories - 10 credits (HST819)

In recent decades new approaches and methodologies have been inaugurated in imperial history which increasingly study the relationship between the metropole and the periphery as a dialogue affecting the lives of both the coloniser and the colonised. These in turn have opened new areas of investigation of older official records such as the Census, Surveys and Maps but also incorporated new sources for understanding the lived experiences of minority groups such as the Asian diaspora in Britain, the reversal of the gaze of the colonised on the imperial race, European women on the Mutiny. It focuses upon English language source materials for the 18th and 19th centuries and explores the nature, potential and pitfalls of a range of primary sources available for researching new imperial histories of India’s interaction with Britain.