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EMPIRES OF THE MIND: A History of the Oxford University Press in India under the Raj

EMPIRES OF THE MIND: A History of the Oxford University Press in India under the Raj


Item Code: IDF419

by Rimi B. Chatterjee

Hardcover (Edition: 2006)

Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195674747X

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.8"
Pages: 481 (B & W Illus: 16)
Weight of the Book: 743 gms
Price: $39.50
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The history of Oxford University Press in India is the history of Indian scholarly publishing. This book tells the story of OUP, or 'the Press', as it has always been called by its members, during the years from 1880 to 1947 - an era thatr coincided with the modernization drive of the Press at Oxford and its rapid international expansion.

The Indian Branch, established in 1912, was the result of the great transformatiuon OUP underwent in 1860s - from a primarily learned and religious publisher to an outward-oriented institution attempting to portray and interpret eastern civilizations tio the west.

Providing a background for these developments, the volume traces the careers of the fractions that fought over control of the Press till 1900, with an emphasis on their attitudes to intenational publishing and especially to India. The story then leaves Oxford, travels to London and then in 1912 to Bombay, now Mumbai.

With the prestige of Oxford preceding it and its unique international orientation, the Press found ready acceptance in India. Several prominent Indian scholars approached the Press, due in large measure to max Muller's 50-volume Sacred Books of the East. The Press's managers often liaised with and advised authors on matters of editing, documentation, adaption, and style.

After independence, under the leadership of R.E. Hawkins, the Indian branch began its India-centric publishing. Most notable among the early volumes were the jim Corbett titles, which continue to be a part of its corpus even today.

The superbly researched volume, based on extensive archival use in a unique, cogent, and spontaneous history of the Press in India. With its rare archival photographs and appendices, it will interst research scholars of Indian history, general readers interested in the Raj era, students, and all those associated with the publishing industry.

About the Author:

Rimi B. Chatterjee is a Lecturer in English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She has spent over ten years researching Empires of the Mind, done mainly in the archive of the Press, at their headquaters in Oxford.

Acknowledgements V
List of Photographs IX
Introduction 1
1. The 'Learned Imprimerie': An Overview from the Beginning to the Present 17
2. The 'Campaign of Mothodizing': The Removal of Philip Lyttelton Gell 45
3. 'Use Your Best Endeavours': From 1900 to the Establishment of the Branch 63
4. 'A Good Bold Hand': From 1912 to the End of World War I 100
5. The Bookwalas: From 1918 to the Beginning of World War II 124
6. 'Empires of the Future': World War II, Independence, and after 159
7. 'Petrifactions of Bygone Ages': The Scared Books of the East 183
8. 'A Thrilling Chapter': The Rulers of India 204
9. 'The True Facts of the Case': Scholars of the Raj 232
10. 'Mine Should be Different': Scholars among the Indians 251
11. 'Rocks of Inovenient Fact': Vincent Smith and the Histories of India 276
12. 'Puckeroo': Readers, Dictonaries, Anthologies, and Grammars 318
13. 'India Today': Science, Economics, Polotics, and Geography 356
14. 'Exotic Blossoms': Scholars, Babus, and Maharajas 383
1. Export Customers in 1882-1883 415
2. Frowde's Presentation Lists 1904 417
3. Titles for the Travellers 418
4. Table of Indian Price Equivalents 421
5. Milford's Presentation Lists 1907-1912 423
6. Sacred Books of the East 435
7. List of Farquhar's series 437
8. Rulers of India 439
9. Classics of Indian History 442
10. Oxford Pamphlets ondian Affirs 443
11. Extracts from Condensed Accounts 1912-1950 445
Bibliography 447
Index 451
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