Tod among his contemporaries in London, 1823–35
in Knowledge, mediation and empire
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The seventh chapter deals with Tod’s twelve shorter essays, presented by him before learned societies in London and Paris, between 1824 and 1835. In two steps concerning these shorter essays, an analysis is made of (a)Tod’s deployment of an apparatus of erudition; (b)Tod’s attention to language. By unfolding parallels between the Rajput artefacts he had gathered in India, with texts and historical vestiges from various other ancient and medieval cultures, Tod was probably underlining the suitability for scholarly attention of Rajput history and culture, with the stamp of his own eye-witness authenticity. This seventh chapter concludes with a brief presentation of the reviews of Tod’s various publications in the journals of his time, illustrating the contemporary reception of the published results of his knowledge-gathering on the Rajputs and Western India.

Knowledge, mediation and empire

James Tod’s journeys among the Rajputs




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