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Topics: History of India, British Raj, India Pages: 350 (112186 words) Published: October 10, 2013
Science, Technology and Medicine in Colonial India
Interest in the science, technology and medicine of India under British rule has grown in recent years and has played an ever-increasing part in the reinterpretation of modern South Asian history. Spanning the period from the establishment of East India Company rule through to Independence, David Arnold’s wide-ranging and analytical survey demonstrates the importance of examining the role of science, technology and medicine in conjunction with the development of the British engagement in India and in the formation of Indian responses to Western intervention. One of the first works to analyse the colonial era as a whole from the perspective of science, the book investigates the relationship between Indian and Western science, the nature of science, technology and medicine under the Company, the creation of state scientific services, ‘imperial science’ and the rise of an Indian scientific community, the impact of scientific and medical research and the dilemmas of nationalist science.

DAVID ARNOLD is Professor of South Asian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. His publications include The Problem of Nature () and Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India ().


General editor G J
President of Wolfson College, and Director, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge

Associate editors C. A. B
Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St Catharine’s College

and J F. R
Professor of History, Duke University

Although the original Cambridge History of India, published between  and , did much to formulate a chronology for Indian history and describe the administrative structures of government in India, it has inevitably been overtaken by the mass of new research over the last sixty years. Designed to take full account of recent scholarship and changing conceptions of South Asia’s historical development, The New Cambridge History of India is published as a series of short, self-contained volumes, each dealing with a separate theme and written by one or two authors. Within an overall four-part structure, thirty complementary volumes in uniform format will be published. Each will conclude with a substantial bibliographical essay designed to lead nonspecialists further into the literature. The four parts planned are as follows:

I The Mughals and their contemporaries
II Indian states and the transition to colonialism
III The Indian Empire and the beginnings of modern society
IV The evolution of contemporary South Asia
A list of individual titles in preparation will
be found at the end of the volume.

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Science, Technology and Medicine in Colonial India
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London

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