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Published: 13 December 2018

256 Pages

ISBN: 9780199489923

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Archiving the British Raj

History of the Archival Policy of the Government of India, with Selected Documents, 1858-1947

Author Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya

  • This is the first work that reflects on the institutional history of the archival policy in India.
  • It sheds light on the fact that the relationship between the writing of independent minded history, the keeping of archives, and access to archives is not just a professional question but a political one.
  • Shows convincingly that almost all questions that confront the historian today about the decay of institutional recordkeeping, preservation, use of technology and access are the legacy of imperial archival policy.
  • The author offers perhaps the first and accessible overview of the deliberations of the Indian Historical Records Commission's key contribution to both archival policy and independent India's new history.