Acknowledgments
This book has been a long time in the making. In the process it has accumu-
lated a long list of debts for which any accounting must remain partial at best.
I have spent many pleasurable hours discovering and rediscovering various tra-
ditions of scholarship from several eras and schools of thought. I have learned
from the work of numerous scholars, beyond those who are mentioned in the
notes.EvenwhereIhavedisagreedwithparticularworks,orpushedthemindi-
rectionstheywerenotnecessarilyintended,Ihavebeenconsciousof howmuch
they have galvanized myown arguments. I remain humbled by the magnitude
ofthisintangibleinfluencethateverywhereinformsmyownthinking.
Thereare,ofcourse,alsomoreconcreteandtangibledebtsthataresomewhat
easiertoacknowledge.Iamgratefultoanumberofsourcesforprovidingfunding
for this project: a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation; a joint National
EndowmentfortheHumanitiesandAmericanInstituteofIndianStudiesfellow-
ship;grantsfromtheAmericanPhilosophicalSocietyandfromtheBernadotteE.
SchmittgrantoftheAmericanHistoricalAssociation;andseveralinternalgrants
andfellowshipsfromBostonCollege,SouthernIllinoisUniversity(Carbondale),
and Pennsylvania State University (University Park), including a grant from the
Institute for Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.These have
providedsupportforworkatnumerouslibraries,archives,andprivatecollections
scattered in India, Britain, and the United States. Here I have been sustained by
theguidanceandexpertiseof librarians,archivists,andstaffwithoutwhomthis
wouldhavebeenimpossible.Iwouldliketomentionespeciallytheinterlibrary
loan staff at the Universityof Minnesota (Minneapolis), Boston College, South-
ernIllinoisUniversity,andPennsylvaniaStateUniversityforgoingthatextramile
to track down all mannerof obscure publications for me. I am also indebted to
myeditorialandproductionteamsatDukeUniversityPressforhelpinbringing
thismanuscripttoprint.
Severalstudentshaveprovidedmuch-appreciatedresearchassistancetomeon
thisproject:SusanKollinattheUniversityofMinnesota;KariStarosandMichael
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