The historiography of modern India focuses on a number of important questions. Among them is the question of whose history deserves to be written and remembered. Is the history of modern India and the struggle for independence the story of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah?
Or, is the story really about ordinary people and their lives and actions? The Subaltern Studies collective, for example, is a group of historians that fundamentally challenged how historians were thinking and writing about the past.
Here you can meet some of the key historians to better understand those arguments:
DANIEL JONAH GOLDHAGEN
Daniel Goldhagen is perhaps the most controversial of the scholars of the Holocaust. A political science professor at Harvard, Goldhagen argues that the eliminationist anti-Semitism of the German people caused the Holocaust. In other words, the government didn't cause the Holocaust -- the German people did as they hated Jews and wanted them dead.