Examines forms of cosmopolitanism in the high period of South Asian anti-colonialism, 1890-1947. Essays argue that anti-colonial action stemmed not only from a teleological rush to realize the form of nation-states, but from the speculative aspiration to critique and transcend notions of universalism and the ultimate good brought by British rule.
SUGATA BOSE is Gardiner Professor of History at Harvard University, USA and Director of the South Asia Initiative. He is the author of A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (Harvard University Press, 2006.)
KRIS MANJAPRA is Assistant Professor of History at Tufts University, USA. He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at UCLA, 2007-2008 after completing his doctoral work at Harvard. Manjapra recently published his first book, M.N. Roy: Marxism and Colonial Cosmopolitanism (Routledge India, 2009).