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Landscape, culture, and belonging: writing the history of Northeast India

Contributor(s): Bhattacharya, Neeladri [Editor] | Pachuau, Joy L. K [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2019Description: viii, 343 p. Includes index.ISBN: 9781108481298.Subject(s): Northeast India | Historiography | Culture of Northeast IndiaDDC classification: 954.10072 Summary: This collection of essays is an important contribution to the new literature on frontier studies and the historiography of Northeast India. Moving away from exclusive dependence on colonial ethnographies, the authors build their arguments on a varied range of sources: from buranjis to revenue records, survey maps to explorers' diaries, and missionary papers to police files. They question the givenness of the categories through which the region is usually described, and contest the stereotypes by which the people of the region are primitivized. They explore the historical processes whereby the region was surveyed, mapped, understood, represented, politically governed, economically refigured, and historically constituted during the colonial period. Though focused on the experience of Northeast India, the volume also raises substantive questions about the idea of the frontier and the border, the primitive and the modern, and the tribal and the settled, the local and the trans-local. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/landscape-culture-and-belonging/3E92D1B55F924D82F8EE785B158C92BD#fndtn-information
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Table of Contents

Frontmatter pp i-iv
Contents pp v-vi
List of Figures pp vii-vii
Acknowledgements pp viii-viii
Introduction pp 1-20
I - Borders and Beyond pp 21-22
1 - India's Spatial History in the Brahmaputra–Meghna River Basin pp 23-37
2 - The Birth of the Ryot: Rethinking the Agrarian in British Assam pp 38-65
3 - Embracing or Challenging the ‘Tribe’? Dilemmas in Reproducing Obligatory Pasts in Meghalaya
pp 66-86
II - Surveys and Explorations pp 87-88
4 - Picturing a Region: A Geographical History of British Assam pp 89-109
5 - Geographical Exploration and Historical Investigation: John Peter Wade in Assam pp 110-128
III - Ethnography, History, and the Politics of Representation pp 129-130
6 - Naga: Lineages of a Term
pp 131-150
7 - Representing the Nagas: Negotiating National Culture and Consumption pp 151-176
IV - Law, State, and Practices of Governance pp 177-178
8 - Frontier Regime and Colonial Rule pp 179-206
9 - The Law of Emptiness: Episodes from Lushai and Chin Hills (1890–98) pp 207-236
10 - The Colonial State and the ‘Illegal’ Arms Trade along the North-East Frontier of India, 1860s to 1900s pp 237-262
V - Cultural Dialogues pp 263-264
11 - Appropriating the Ao Past in the Christian Present pp 265-293
12 - Why Do People Convert? Understanding Conversions to Christianity in Mizoram pp 294-313
13 - From Sacred Rocks to Temples: Recasting Religion as Identity in Northeast India pp 314-332
Notes on Contributors pp 333-335
Index pp 336-343



This collection of essays is an important contribution to the new literature on frontier studies and the historiography of Northeast India. Moving away from exclusive dependence on colonial ethnographies, the authors build their arguments on a varied range of sources: from buranjis to revenue records, survey maps to explorers' diaries, and missionary papers to police files. They question the givenness of the categories through which the region is usually described, and contest the stereotypes by which the people of the region are primitivized. They explore the historical processes whereby the region was surveyed, mapped, understood, represented, politically governed, economically refigured, and historically constituted during the colonial period. Though focused on the experience of Northeast India, the volume also raises substantive questions about the idea of the frontier and the border, the primitive and the modern, and the tribal and the settled, the local and the trans-local.


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