Writing Post-Orientalist Histories of the Third World: Perspectives from Indian Historiography

  title={Writing Post-Orientalist Histories of the Third World: Perspectives from Indian Historiography},
  author={Gyan Prakash},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={383 - 408}
  • G. Prakash
  • Published 1 April 1990
  • Art, History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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