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Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Archive Fever, Archive Stories / Antoinette Burton 1
Part I. Close Encounters: The Archive as Contact Zone 25
National Narratives and the Politics of Miscegenation: Britain and India / Durba Ghosh 27
"Without the Past There is No Future": Archives, History, and Authority in Uzbekistan / Jeff Sahadeo 45
Mechanisms of Exclusion: Historicizing the Archive and the Passport / Craig Roberston 68
Mr. Peal's Archive: Mobility and Exchange in Histories of Empire / Tony Ballantyne 87
A Living Archive of Desire: Teresita la Campesina and the Embodient of Queer Latino Community Histories / Horacio N. Roque Ramirez 111
Toiling in the Archives of Cyberspace / Renee M. Sentilles 136
Part II. States of Art: "Official" Archives and Counter-Histories 157
"What Is an Archive?" in the History of Modern France / Jennifer S. Milligan 159
The Archive and the Case of the German Nation / Peter Fritzsche 184
On the Biography of the Bakunin Family Archive / John Randolph 209
Creating the "Suffragette Spirit": British Feminism and the Historical Imagination / Laura Mayhall 232
Archives of the Unbuilt Environment: Documents and Discourses of Imagined Space in Twentieth-Century Kohler, Wisconsin / Kathryn J. Oberdeck 251
Fiction's Imaginative Archive and the Newspaper's Local Scandals: The Case of Nineteenth-Century Egypt / Marilyn Booth 274
Part III. Archive Matters: The Past in the Present 297
In Good Hands: Researching the 1976 Soweto Uprising in the State Archives of South Africa / Helena Pohlandt-McCormick 299
The Colonial Archive on Trial: Possession, Dispossession, and History in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia / Adele Perry 325
The History of Killing and the Killing of History / Ann Curthoys 351
Selected Bibliography 375
Contributors 381
Index 385

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This anthology compares scholarly findings from around the world to comment on the creation, definition, and use of archival evidence in the writing of history

About the Author

Antoinette Burton is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is the Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies. She is the author of Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India and At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain. She is the editor of After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation and a coeditor of Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History, both also published by Duke University Press. With Jean Allman, she edits The Journal of Women's History.


"Archive Stories is path-breaking in it subject matter, methodology, and up-to-date reflection on the status of historical knowledge. It is hard to see how anyone can avoid using this important anthology in methodology and historiography courses."--Bonnie G. Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice "Important and timely, this fascinating collection of tales from a multitude of repositories and record office removes all sorts of archive from the historian's grasp (though there are many extraordinary and brave historians writing here) and restores their meaning to politics and society, to the telling of individual and collective pasts."--Carolyn Steedman, author of Dust: The Archive and Cultural History

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