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dc.contributor.authorBanerjee, Milinda
dc.identifier.citationBanerjee , M 2022 , ' How 'dynasty' became a modern global concept : intellectual histories of sovereignty and property ' , Global Intellectual History , vol. 7 , no. 3 , pp. 421-452 .
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dc.description.abstractThe modern concept of ‘dynasty’ is a politically-motivated modern intellectual invention. For many advocates of a strong sovereign nation-state across the nineteenth and early twentieth century, in France, Germany, and Japan, the concept helped in visualizing the nation-state as a primordial entity sealed by the continuity of birth and blood, indeed by the perpetuity of sovereignty. Hegel’s references to ‘dynasty’, read with Marx’s critique, further show how ‘dynasty’ encoded the intersection of sovereignty and big property, indeed the coming into self-consciousness of their mutual identification-in-difference in the age of capitalism. Imaginaries about ‘dynasty’ also connected national sovereignty with patriarchal authority. European colonialism helped globalize the concept in the non-European world; British India offers an exemplar of ensuing debates. The globalization of the abstraction of ‘dynasty’ was ultimately bound to the globalization of capitalist-colonial infrastructures of production, circulation, violence, and exploitation. Simultaneously, colonized actors, like Indian peasant/‘tribal’ populations, brought to play alternate precolonial Indian-origin concepts of collective regality, expressed through terms like ‘rajavamshi’ and ‘Kshatriya’. These concepts nourished new forms of democracy in modern India. Global intellectual histories can thus expand political thought today by provincializing and deconstructing Eurocentric political vocabularies and by recuperating subaltern models of collective and polyarchic power.
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dc.subjectGlobal intellectual historyen
dc.subjectBritish colonialismen
dc.subjectD204 Modern Historyen
dc.titleHow 'dynasty' became a modern global concept : intellectual histories of sovereignty and propertyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
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