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Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem?

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Stern, PJ
Published in: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
June 1, 2020

In the thirty years since the publication of C.A. Bayly’s Imperial Meridian, the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Empire has moved definitively from the “sidelines” to the center of British imperial historiography. This article asks how Bayly’s method and argument might be transplanted to help us understand different periods of colonial development, inspired both by his call to situate the growth of the British Empire in the context of global political and economic crisis and a recent efflorescence in scholarship on the earlier period of East India Company expansion in Asia. Refocusing analysis on the Company rather than the state, and thinking about the more short-term responses to radical dislocations of commercial and political power in India, this article proposes that the early eighteenth century can be understood both as a foundation for later transformations as well as a critical moment of empire building in itself. More broadly it suggests an approach to the history of empire that is as evolutionary as it is revolutionary, one which is perhaps defined by multiple meridians in time and space.

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Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

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1532-5768

Publication Date

June 1, 2020

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21

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2

Related Subject Headings

  • 2103 Historical Studies
  • 2002 Cultural Studies
 

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Stern, P. J. (2020). Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem? Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 21(2). https://doi.org/10.1353/cch.2020.0014
Stern, P. J. “Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem?Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 21, no. 2 (June 1, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1353/cch.2020.0014.
Stern PJ. Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem? Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 2020 Jun 1;21(2).
Stern, P. J. “Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem?Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 21, no. 2, June 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1353/cch.2020.0014.
Stern PJ. Early Eighteenth-Century British India: Antimeridian or antemeridiem? Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 2020 Jun 1;21(2).
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Published In

Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

DOI

EISSN

1532-5768

Publication Date

June 1, 2020

Volume

21

Issue

2

Related Subject Headings

  • 2103 Historical Studies
  • 2002 Cultural Studies