New Title | India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century

Posted in books by Editor on January 15, 2014

From the publication flyer:

Simon Davies, Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, and Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa, eds., India and Europe in the Global Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, previously SVEC, January 2014), 341 pages, ISBN 978-0729410809, £65 / €85 / $115.

coverThe 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


• Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Introduction
• Anthony Strugnell, A view from afar: India in Raynal’s Histoire des deux Indes
• Claire Gallien, British orientalism, Indo-Persian historiography and the politics of global knowledge
• Javed Majeed, Globalising the Goths: ‘The siren shores of Oriental literature’ in John Richardson’s A Dictionary of Persian, Arabic, and English (1777–1780)
• Deirdre Coleman, ‘Voyage of conception’: John Keats and India
• Sonja Lawrenson, ‘The country chosen of my heart’: the comic cosmopolitanism of The Orientalist, or, electioneering in Ireland, a tale, by myself
• Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, Orientalism and ‘textual attitude’: Bernier’s appropriation by Southey and Owenson
• Felicia Gottmann, Intellectual history as global history: Voltaire’s Fragments sur l’Inde and the problem of enlightened commerce
• James Watt, Fictions of commercial empire, 1774–1782
• Gabriel Sánchez Espinosa, The Spanish translation of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s La Chaumière indienne: its fortunes and significance in a country divided by ideology, politics and war
• John McAleer, Displaying its wares: material culture, the East India Company and British encounters with India in the long eighteenth century
• Mogens R. Nissen, The Danish Asiatic Company: colonial expansion and commercial interests
• Lakshmi Subramanian, Whose pirate? Reflections on state power and predation on India’s western littoral
• Florence D’Souza, A comparative study of English and French views of pre-colonial Surat
• Seema Alavi, The Mughal decline and the emergence of new global connections in early modern India

List of contributors

“Adopting multi-disciplinary approaches, contributors stress the complexity, subtlety and intricacy of the remarkable global connections between India and Europe in the eighteenth century. This book will undoubtedly provoke not only lively debate, but also much further research.”
–Maria Misra (Keble College Oxford), author of Vishnu’s Crowded Temple: India since the Great Rebellion.

Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford

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