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date: 19 December 2018

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This chapter traces the influence of postcolonial studies on the discipline of history, focusing specifically on the historiography surrounding British imperialism and colonialism. It argues that postcolonial methods and perspectives have helped re-invigorate this hitherto hidebound field of study. The intellectual genealogy of postcolonial studies’ influence is examined; this is then followed by a review of three of the main thematic preoccupations of the new, postcolonial-inspired historiography: identities, geographies and epistemologies. Key works and topics are surveyed, with attention being given to both their contributions and their limitations. The contrast between postcolonialism’s influence on historians of colonial India and Africa is also highlighted.

Keywords: India, Africa, identities, geographies, epistemologies

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