Karwaan : The Heritage Exploration Initiative
An Introduction to the Annales School of History | Prof. Harbans Mukhia
The historiographical revolution that took place in France between the 1930s and the 1960s is indelibly associated with the journal Annales d'histoire économique et sociale, founded in Strasbourg in 1929 by Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre. At the core of the wide variety of practices and approaches associated with the Annales school was a view of history, which sought the widest possible perspective on historical change. This necessitated a broad understanding of the complex range of factors, which contribute to historical change including psychological, cultural, economic, and environmental factors.
Prof. Harbans Mukhia, formerly Professor of Medieval History and Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In his early years, his interest focused on medieval Indian historiography, leading to a Doctoral thesis, later published, Historians and Historiography during the Reign of Akbar, Vikas, New Delhi, 1976. Teaching a course on Feudalism at JNU in the 70s and 80s led to research on its theoretical and empirical premises from a comparative perspective. ‘Was there Feudalism in Indian History?’ published in The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1981, became the centre of an international debate from 1985 to 93, published as the journal’s special issue and then as a book, Feudalism and Non-European Societies, Frank Cass, London, 1985 (co-edited with T J Byres). He is the founder-editor, of The Medieval History Journal, published by SAGE from New Delhi, London, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Singapore.
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About Karwaan: One of India's leading Independent student-led history initiatives. It is a collective of students trying to revolutionize the way we approach history. It was started in 2019 and hosted heritage walks in and around Delhi. Since April 2020, we have been organizing online lectures with authors/scholars/historians on our platform and giving students a chance to interact with scholars, and trying to start a dialogue on our past through our posts on Instagram and YouTube.
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