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Change is a nodal point in history when new identities can emerge and the past can be reformulated, so if there is no change there is no need to record the past or even reflect on it. This view underpinned the requirements of colonial policy in a changing relationship between the colonial power and the colony. The colonial power would now write the history of the colony as it saw fit. As Lord Curzon put it, this became the necessary furniture of Empire. Colonial scholars, therefore, made a considerable effort to discover the past.

Heaven would then withdraw the A Companion to Global Historical Thought, First Edition. Edited by Prasenjit Duara, Viren Murthy and Andrew Sartori. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. classical chinese historical thought 35 mandate from that dynasty and bestow it on another dynasty. This general vision of history, based upon the bestowal and removal of the Mandate by Heaven, would be called the dynastic cycle. In the case at hand, the Zhou claimed that Heaven had centuries before bestowed the mandate on Yu, who thus founded the Xia dynasty.

The epicenter of each epic is in a different part of the Ganges plain. The epic could be used in various ways: to legitimize the status of marginal clans and to normalize unfamiliar social customs, such as fraternal polyandry, by making them history as a way of remembering the past: early india 27 a crucial feature of the narrative. 9 The war is therefore a time marker. It differentiates the political system of clans based on kin relations from that where power is claimed through kingdoms registering state systems.

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