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Published: 15 January 2014

366 Pages

ISBN: 9780729410809

Bookseller Code (09)

India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century

Edited by Simon Davies, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, and Gabriel Sánchez-Espinosa

Voltaire Foundation in association with Liverpool University Press

Oxford University Studies in The Enlightenment

The long eighteenth century was a period of major transformation for Europe and India as imperialism heralded a new global order. Eschewing the reductive perspectives of nation-state histories and postcolonial 'east vs west' oppositions, contributors to India and Europe in the global eighteenth century put forward a more nuanced and interdisciplinary analysis. Using eastern as well as western sources, authors present fresh insights into European and Indian relations and highlight: how anxieties over war and piracy shaped commercial activity; how French, British and Persian histories of India reveal the different geo-political issues at stake; the material legacy of India in European cultural life; how novels parodied popular views of the Orient and provided counter-narratives to images of India as the site of corruption; how social transformations, traditionally characterised as 'Mughal decline', in effect forged new global connections that informed political culture into the nineteenth century.