ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Empire and Mr Thompson-Making of Indian Princes and English Working Class

Making of Indian Princes and English Working Class Robert Gregg Madhavi Kale The elision of empire in E P Thompson's work has had important implications for the emergence of Social History. In his focus on culture Thompson did not merely enlarge the historian's lens to rescue the lower orders as agents, so enabling further enlargement in the future. Instead his use of culture placed another veil in front of History, another layer on the 'palimpest of history' making it in some ways more difficult to incorporate empire, non-metropolitan subjects and race and gender perspectives into future historical analysis.

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