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Abu'I Fazl had acces s to official papers . Thes e were pers onal narratives of events varying in value with the
nature of the writer. The early Britis h writers were officials . In the eighteenth century they were concerned with
s om e as pect of Com pany policy, or, like Robert Orm e in his Military Trans actions , gave a s traight narrative in
what was es s entially a continuation of the Mus lim tradition. In the early nineteenth century the writers were s till,
with two notable exceptions , officials , but they were now engaged in chronicling, in varying m oods of zes t, pride,
and awe, the ris e of the Britis h power in India to s uprem acy. The two exceptions were Jam es Mill, with his
critical attitude to the Com pany and John Marchm an, the Baptis t m is s ionary. But they, like the officials , were
anglo-centric in their attitude, s o that the his tory of m odern India in their hands cam e to be the his tory of the ris e
of the Britis h in India.
The official s chool dom inated the writing of Indian his t...
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