About the Series
History,asradicalhistorianshavelongobserved,cannotbeseveredfromautho-
rial subjectivity, indeed from politics. Political concerns animate the questions
weask,thesubjectsonwhichwewrite.Foroverthirtyyearsthe RadicalHistory
Reviewhasledinnurturingandadvancingpoliticallyengagedhistoricalresearch.
Radical Perspectives seeks to further the journal’s mission: anyauthor wishing
to be in the series makes a self-conscious decision to associate her or his work
with a radical perspective.To be sure, manyof us are currently struggling with
the issue of what it means to be a radical historian in the early twenty-first cen-
tury, and this series is intended to provide some signposts for what we would
judge to be radical history. It will offer innovative ways of telling stories from
multipleperspectives;comparative,transnational,andglobalhistoriesthattran-
scendconventionalboundariesofregionandnation;worksthatelaborateonthe
implications of the postcolonial move to ‘‘provincialize Europe’’; studies of the
public in and of the past, including those that consider the commodification of
thepast;historiesthatexploretheintersectionof identitiessuchasgender,race,
class,andsexualitywithaneyetotheirpoliticalimplicationsandcomplications.
Aboveall,thisbookseriesseekstocreateanimportantintellectualspaceanddis-
cursivecommunitytoexploretheveryissueofwhatconstitutesradicalhistory.
Withinthiscontext,someofthebookspublishedintheseriesmayprivilegealter-
nativeandoppositionalpoliticalcultures,butallwillbeconcernedwiththeway
powerisconstituted,contested,used,andabused.
Mrinalini Sinha has been widely recognized for her brilliant and innovative
scholarship on British colonialism in India and her penetrating analysis of race,
classandgenderinthepersistenceofpoliticalhierarchiesandtheconstructionof
bothcolonialandanti-colonialdiscourses.In Spectersof MotherIndia:TheGlobal
RestructuringofanEmpire,Sinhadisplaysagainaremarkablecapacitynotonlyto
providegenuinelynewinterpretationsofoldquestions,buttobeinnovativeeven
inwhatshedeemsa‘‘historicalevent,’’inthiscasethedebatesgeneratedbythe
publicationofasinglebook.
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