Imagining ‘Greater India’: French and Indian Visions of Colonialism in the Indic Mode

@article{Bayly2004ImaginingI,
  title={Imagining ‘Greater India’: French and Indian Visions of Colonialism in the Indic Mode},
  author={Susan Bayly},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={2004},
  volume={38},
  pages={703 - 744}
}
  • Susan Bayly
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Sociology
  • Modern Asian Studies
This article explores both Western and Asian imaginings of national histories beyond the boundaries of the nation. It seeks to contribute to the history of Asian modernities, and to the anthropological study of nationalism. Its focus is on thinkers and political actors whose visions of both the colonising and decolonising processes were translocal, rather than narrowly territorial in scope. 

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