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This front matter section of the book titled Serving Empire, Serving Nation contains the table of contents, general editor's preface, and acknowledgements. The book examines the life and work of James Tod, the historical consequences of his actions, and the significance of his Annals for both European and Indian understanding of his Rājpūt subjects. The primary interest here is in the construction of British imperial discourse in the early nineteenth century, and the persistence, stability and legitimacy of this discourse over time. The book charts the life of an imperial discourse, Tod's Annals, as it is constructed within the realm of power and dominance, and then slowly, insinuates its way into a position of hegemonic control over historical discourse.

Keywords: British imperial discourse; James Tod; Rājpūt



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