History of ideas and intellectual history

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  • 27 Feb 2024
    Tejas Parasher

    The Limits of Electoral Democracy: Recovering a Lost Chapter of Anti-Colonialism

    In February 1946, the Indian nationalist leader Narendra Deva (1889-1956), who had just spent three long years being held in prison at Ahmednagar Fort by British authorities, published a short essay on the relationship between democracy and anti-colonialism in South Asia. A close associate of both M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Deva had a well-developed […]

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  • 11 Dec 2023
    Agnes Gehbald

    The Reach of Reading Material under Colonial Conditions

    Literate white men of European descent were the most common readers in the past. At least that seems to be the case if we look at the history of books and reading. Indeed, these men wrote, published, and read plenty of books, as a large body of scholarship has shown for Europe – the cradle […]

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  • 15 Nov 2023
    Yaniv Feller

    Thinking Empire with Leo Baeck

    White-bearded and dignified, Leo Baeck disembarked an airplane in New York’s La Guardia airport in January 1948. The seventy-four year-old rabbi came to preach in the United States as part of the American Jewish Cavalcade, a religious revival program of the Reform movement. As the former official leader of German Jewry under Nazism and a […]

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