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This chapter focuses on the many layers of interpretation involved in the production, substance and life of James Tod's main historical work, The Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan. The analysis examines three main themes: Tod's own vision of what the Annals was to be, his definition of the Rājpūts and how he positioned them in the overall context of the work and, finally, Tod's part in the Romantic project of social and historical reinterpretation. Tod displays his Romanticism, therefore, through his fascination with the high-minded, idealistic Rājpūts, whose main defining characteristic was their attachment to the ideals of valor, honor and glory. References to Greek and Roman mythology and history saturate the Annals.

Keywords: James Tod; Rājpūt; Romanticism; The Annals



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