Servants’ pasts

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Servants’ pasts
Authors and Corporations
Sinha, Nitin (Editor); Varma, Nitin (Editor)
Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2019
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Year of Publication
Part of
New perspectives in South Asian history
Erscheint auch als
Sixteenth to eighteenth century South Asia, First published, Hyderabad : Orient Blackswan, 2019, xviii, 421 Seiten
Erscheint auch als
Late-eighteenth to twentieth-century South Asia, First published, Hyderabad : Orient Blackswan, 2019, xiii, 324 Seiten
Type of Resource
American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals 1 (1691-1820)
17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII Collection
Eighteenth Century Journals; Newspapers and Periodicals, 1685-1815 / ECJ I & II
JSTOR Museum Collection
JSTOR Health & General Sciences Collection
Making of the Modern World economics, politics and industry
JSTOR Public Library II Collection
JSTOR Mathematics & Statistics Collection
JSTOR Public Library I Collection
JSTOR Life Sciences Collection
JSTOR Mathematics & Statistics Legacy Collection
British Periodicals Collection I+II
Eighteenth Century Collections Online / ECCO
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Domestic servants have always been, and continue to be, ubiquitous in the households of middle and upper income rural and urban South Asia. They are also strikingly visible in art forms: paintings, sculptures, photographs, cinema, plays, stories, etc. Yet, they remain absent from scholarly research with very few recent exceptions.
Domestic service was an important category of labour and social relationships in early modern and colonial India but the domestic servant has largely remained absent from historians’ accounts of South Asia. Servants’ Pasts, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century South Asia, Vol. 1, much like Vol. 2, covers a range of polities; it specifically explores the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, and provides untold accounts of the ideals and practices of master/mistress-servant relationships during that period.
Young and seasoned scholars from diverse backgrounds use various sources - stories, letters, ledges, visuals, biographies, chronicles, newspaper reports and legal injunctions - to unravel the complex relationships around service and servitude. Contract, loyalty, patronage, ethical concerns and not least, coercion - both affectionate and violent - mark the nature of this relationship.
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Online-Ressource (2 Bände)
DDC Notation
331.281640460954 ; 306.3630954