Picturing the Nation presents a visual history of modern India and explores visual representations of India from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. The essays in this volume have illustrations, which have all been reproduced in full colour on art paper. The illustrated pages have also been placed within the chapters that refer to them. The images include chromolithographs, posters, cards and photographs of architecture and cultural displays.
The book has a comprehensive introduction by Richard Davis and it attempts to answer the question––how is it that so many persons have been persuaded to die willingly for something as recently imagined as the nation? Market: University and college departments of history, sociology, social anthropology, the visual arts, art history. The book is also accessible to a wider audience interested in the visual media and in the history of modern India. This is the second book out in the Indian market in this area and the earlier one is Beyond Appearances? edited by Sumathi Ramaswamy (Sage 2003), which is a single colour book.