Historical Analysis: New Approaches to Postcolonial Scholarship and the Subcontinent

  • Tim AllenderEmail author
Part of the Methodos Series book series (METH, volume 9)


Historical analysis is a broad church and its methodologies depend on the categories of evidence in play. Powerful critiques emerge as analysis is variously derived from oral sources, from careful collation from pre-organised databases, from obscure documents hidden in long-forgotten corners of archives, or even from well worked over texts as the arrival of a new paradigm allows new ways of looking at old problems. This chapter focuses on one aspect of historical research, that of post-colonial scholarship; a field that has witnessed much innovation in the last 15 years. Most especially, it examines knowledge transfer. In addition, in terms of overused globalisation critiques, the chapter explores how new histories are being written that emphasise the way history is referenced to deepen comparative analysis between national domains. Lastly, textual, subaltern and gender approaches are examined in the context of research into the educational history of colonial India.


National Domain Oral Source Careful Collation Social Frailty Early Colonial Period 
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I would like to acknowledge the support of Professor Peter Freebody, whose Australia Research Council (ARC) project ‘Teaching Across the Disciplines’ I have participated in as a Chief Investigator. This project has taught me much, not least greater sensitivity to the nuance of history’s epistemology and how apprentice scholars come to understand this in school settings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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