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James Tod's name is well-known, but the details of his life are not, so a basic biographical statement is in order to more completely understand his life and work. His persistent consciousness of his own dislocation is the focus of this chapter. The chapter demonstrates the stability and pervasiveness of romantic historical construction in the period during which Tod was working, and the impact which these constructions had on the constitution of Tod's identity itself. Tod was positioned as the staunch Scot, engaged in the English imperial, martial and economic enterprise, chronicling the valorous, martial Rājpūt tribes. Tod interpreted these Rājpūts as ancestors of the British. The image of the staunch Highland Scot itself, however, arose out of an English imperial, martial and economic enterprise, which romanticized the Highland Scots as a martial race, tied to a medieval European culture in dress and custom.

Keywords: James Tod; medieval European culture; romantic movement



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