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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Peter
dc.identifier.citationMitchell, P. 2014. The Centre of the Muniment’: the India Office Records and the Historiography of Early Modern Empire, 1875-1891en_US
dc.description.abstractarchivists, antiquarians, geographers and civil servants within the India Office reorganised the records of the East India Company, the Board of Control and the India Office itself into what is now the India Office Records. My thesis focuses on the earliest materials of the East India Company - the records of its trading activities in the Indian Ocean from 1600 to 1623 - and how these materials were absorbed into the India Office Records between 1875 and 1891. I study the documents themselves as evidence of a complex early modern documentary culture; then I study the processes by which they were absorbed into the India Office Records, classified, edited, interpreted, and publicized. I argue that the creators of the India Office Records - civil servants, antiquarians and geographers such as George Birdwood, F. C. Danvers, William Foster and Clements R. Markham - organised and interpreted their materials in the service of a teleological historiography of empire. I situate the archive's creation within the contexts of nineteenth-century archival, antiquarian and historiographical practice, the crisis of 'high imperialism' in the late nineteenth century, and the development of the 'exhibitionary complex', and locate it within the scholarly and governmental formations of the time. Ultimately I hope to demonstrate how the archive itself, as an apparently neutral repository of historical information, was in fact instrumental in the production of imperial discourse and ideologyen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipArts and Humanities Research Council, grant number AH/H022260/1. Queen Mary School of English and Drama Postgraduate Research Fund. The friendsen_US
dc.publisherQueen Mary University of Londonen_US
dc.subjectEarly Modern Empire,en_US
dc.subjectEast India Companyen_US
dc.titleThe Centre of the Muniment’: the India Office Records and the Historiography of Early Modern Empire, 1875-1891en_US
dc.rights.holderThe copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author

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