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Punjabi Century, 1857-1947 by Prakash Tandon
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This book is incredibly slow, but really beautifully scripted. It's got an emotional recollection of the Partition, and the way it unfolded on to residents of the Punjab at the time. Don't read it all in one night, savor it over the long run.
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The British Empire by Philippa Levine
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This is the best survey of the British Empire I have ever seen. It's so concise and accessible, but it really takes on some of the current theories of Empire history with rigor, without losing sight of giving an overview of the empire itself. With ra...more
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Prostitution, Race, and Politics by Philippa Levine
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Philippa Levine is my new best friend.
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Imperial Bodies by Lizzie Collingham
Imperial Bodies
by Lizzie Collingham
read in November, 2008
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This book is pretty awesome. I'm using it to chart the movement of British ideology towards the imperialist body in the 19th century. She takes directly from Foucault and does the work he doesn't do to talk about the way bodies are the instruments of...more
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The Female Complaint by Lauren Berlant
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The Dark Child by Camara Laye
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Aké by Wole Soyinka
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This book is pretty awesome, and a fairly quick read. Soyinka is just a great writer overall in terms of language choice and description, but this is the best I've read in terms of strong female characters.
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The Nation & Its Fragments by Partha Chatterjee
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Seminal, to say the least. Really good for the history of anticolonial efforts in India for the century leading up to independence. I wish that his chapters on the role of women in the anti-colonial imagination were better.
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The History of Sexuality 1 by Michel Foucault
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You can't really lose with this one - unless of course you are trying to read it to understand bio-power in the colonial project like I am.
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