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India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century

Davies, Simon [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century / ed. by Simon Davies, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts and Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa. - Oxford : Voltaire Foundation, 2014. - xi, 341 S. : Ill. - (Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment ; 2014,1)
ISBN 978-0-7294-1080-9
£ 65,00 / EUR 79,00 / US$ 110,00
DDC: 303.482540409033

The long eighteenth century was a period of major transformation for Europe and India as imperialism heralded a new global order. Eschewing the reductive perspectives of nation-state histories and postcolonial ‘east vs west’ oppositions, contributors to India and Europe in the global eighteenth century put forward a more nuanced and interdisciplinary analysis. Using eastern as well as western sources, authors present fresh insights into European and Indian relations and highlight:
* how anxieties over war and piracy shaped commercial activity;
* how French, British and Persian histories of India reveal the different geo-political issues at stake;
* the material legacy of India in European cultural life;
* how novels parodied popular views of the Orient and provided counter-narratives to images of India as the site of corruption;
* how social transformations, traditionally characterised as ‘Mughal decline’, in effect forged new global connections that informed political culture into the nineteenth century.
Acknowledgements. ix
List of illustrations. xi
Daniel Sanjiv Roberts:
Introduction. 1
Anthony Strugnell:
A view from afar: India in RaynaI's Hstoire des deux lndes. 15
Claire Gallien:
British orientalism, Indo-Persian historiography and the politics of global knowledge. 29
Javed Majeed:
Globalising the Goths: 'The siren shores of Oriental literature' in John Richardson's A Dictionary of Persian, Arabic, and English (1777-1780). 53
Deirdre Coleman:
'Voyage of conception': John Keats and India. 79
Sonja Lawrenson:
'The country chosen of my heart': the comic cosmopolitanism of the The Orientalist, or, electioneering in Ireland, a tale, by myself. 101
Daniel Sanjiv Roberts:
Orientalism and 'textual attitude': Bernier's appropriation by Southey and Owenson. 123
Felicia Gottmann:
Intellectual history as global history: Voltaire's Fragments sur l'Inde and the problem of engightened commerce. 141
James Watt:
Fictions of commercial empire, 1774-1782. 157
Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa:
The Spanish translation of Bernadin de Saint-Pierre's La Chaumière indienne: its fortunes and significance in a country divided by ideology, politics and war. 175
John McAleer:
Displaying its wares: material culture, the East India Company and British encounters with India in the long eighteenth century. 199
Mogens R. Nissen:
The Danish Asiatic Company: colonial expansion and commercial interests. 223
Lakshmi Subramanian:
Whose pirate? Reflections on state power and predation on India's western littoral. 241
Florence D'Souza:
A comparative study of English and French views of pre-colonial Surat. 267
Seema Alavi:
The Mughal decline and the emergence of new global connections in early modern India. 283
Summaries. 301
List of contributors. 309
Bibliography. 313
Index. 335

SIMON DAVIES is Honorary Professor of Enlightenment Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. He has published on eighteenth-century fiction, poetry, theatre and polemical writing in France. Profile page.
DANIEL SANJIV ROBERTS is Reader in English at Queen’s University Belfast and a scholarly editor of eighteenth-century and romantic-period literature. Profile page.
GABRIEL SÁNCHEZ ESPINOSA is Reader in Spanish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. He has researched broadly on the Spanish Enlightenment and is working on the book trade in eighteenth-century Madrid. Profile page.

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  1. Simon Davies, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa (2014).  India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century. Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment; 2014,1. xi, 341 S.