Annals and antiquities of Rajasthan ( edition) | Open LibraryHe combined his official role and his amateur interests to create a series of works about the history and geography of India, and in particular the area then known as Rajputana that corresponds to the present day state of Rajasthan , and which Tod referred to as Rajast'han. Tod was born in London and educated in Scotland. He rose quickly in rank, eventually becoming captain of an escort for an envoy in a Sindian royal court. After the Third Anglo-Maratha War , during which Tod was involved in the intelligence department, he was appointed Political Agent for some areas of Rajputana. His task was to help unify the region under the control of the East India Company. During this period Tod conducted most of the research that he would later publish. Tod was initially successful in his official role, but his methods were questioned by other members of the East India Company.
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Knowledge, mediation and empire: James Tod's journeys among the Rajputs focuses on the published writing of James Tod — , East India Company officer and political agent [End Page ] to the Western Rajput states from until Tod belonged to a group of East India Company men, including John Malcolm, Mountstuart Elphinstone, and Thomas Munro, who served the imperial administration during a moment of transformation. It was their responsibility to fight and negotiate with Indian rulers as part of the expansion of East India Company rule. Serving during a period in which changing attitudes to India accompanied imperial reforms, these soldier-administrators bore the brunt of difficulties of navigating a rapidly changing political terrain in both India and Britain. Creating knowledge about the Indian landscape, its people, religion, languages, and its political structures of rule was a fundamental part of their role as imperial administrators. Florence D'Souza's book contributes to a long historiographical debate about the extent to which Oriental scholarship served and affected imperial power in India. Arguing against the idea that European knowledge-formation about India was necessarily imperialist, D'Souza represents Tod as an intermediary struggling to mediate between the British-imperial power and the sovereignty of the culturally rich and politically distinct Rajputs.
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Oxford University Press. London: Milford. And this position it will not easily lose in spite of its deficiencies from the point of view of modern scholarship. These can be made good, and are made good, in the present edition by Mr. Crooke, without in any way interfering with the essential merits of the work, which consist in the enthralling accounts of the tribes of Rajputana, their history real and legendary, and in the spirit of enthusiastic sympathy with a noble race which breathes through the whole book.