Imperial Archives Volume VI published |

Volume VI of the Imperial Archives series from Bloomsbury, edited by Pramod K Nayar, has just been published. This 475-page volume, titled Thugs and Dacoits, compiles 17 texts from colonial writings. The British “discovery” of thuggee, their accounts of the efforts to curb if not end the practice, the documentation of the religious and cultural dimensions of thuggee, are all a part of this archive. From the early writings by Shakespeare and Sherwood in the Asiatic Researches (1820), through excerpts from W.H. Sleeman (often called “Thuggee Sleeman”) and his voluminous writings (1834-1839) to Charles Hervey (1868) and EJ Gunthorpe (1882), the volume brings together essential readings on the phenomenon and the British responses to it.

Pramod K Nayar

The Imperial Archives series has thus far published five volumes: “Discoveries”, Exploration and the Imperial Survey; Indian People and Society; Domesticity, the Social Scene and Leisure; Rebellions and Wars and The ‘Civilisational Mission’, all in 2022.

More information about the book: https://www.bloomsbury.com/in/thugs-and-dacoits-9789394701885/

Pramod K Nayar, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is the UNESCO Chair in Vulnerability Studies in the Department of English at University of Hyderabad.

About University of Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad is an institute of post-graduate teaching and research. The school was established by an act of the Parliament of India in 1974 as a Central University. Over the years, it has emerged as a top ranking institute of higher education and research in India. The university also offers courses under distance learning programs. The university is a member of the ‘Association of Indian Universities’ (AIU), the ‘Association of Commonwealth Universities’ (ACU) and ‘International Council for Distance Education’. An Academic Staff College has been functioning on the university campus since 1988 under the UGC scheme for improving the standards of teaching in colleges and universities. The college organizes orientation and refresher courses for college and university teachers.

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