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Monuments, Objects, Histories: Institutions of Art in Colonial and Post-Colonial India (Cultures of History) Hardcover – June 16, 2004

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Guha-Thakurta has the rare ability to present extremely passionate issues in clear prose and to offer a well-thought-out position...This wonderful book will surely play an essential role in all future discussions of Indian art.

(David Carrier CAA Reviews)

This is an important new scholarly work... An astutely written analysis.

(Helen Asquine Fazio Journal of Asian Studies 1900-01-00)

This is an important book for all libraries with collections in art history, archaeology and South Asian studies.

(Lynn Zastoupil Journal of Asian History)

Tapati Guha-Thakurta's book is a far-reaching study whose implications go well beyond in the case of India.

(Julie F. Codell Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History)

Compulsory reading for those who study South Asia.

(Contemporary South Asia 1900-01-00)

Guha-Thakurta provides the most penetrating and conceptual frame for the institutional history of Indian art.

(Valdas Jaskunas ACTA Orientalia Vilnensia)


Monuments, Objects, Histories presents new, imaginative, and incisive analyses of the political pasts of India's art and architecture. Guha-Thakurta's impressively researched and wide-ranging book will be compulsory reading for students of colonial and postcolonial nationalism in South Asia.

(Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago)

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