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Crafting the Nation in Colonial India

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Drawing on a wide range of archival evidence, Abigail McGowan argues that crafts seized the political imagination in western India because they provided a means of debating the present and future of the country.


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ABIGAIL MCGOWAN is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Vermont, USA.

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"In this imaginative and empirically rich study, Abigail McGowan demonstrates convincingly that the Indian crafts became a critical ground on which both colonial and nationalist projects of power were constructed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book is a pioneering effort in establishing the relationship between colonial knowledge, state interventions into the economy, and visual/material cultures." - Douglas Haynes, Associate Professor of History, Dartmouth University