Reading #5: Cohn, “Introduction”
A reading that covers what we reviewed in class with slightly more detail. The Theater of Power
was managed by specialists like priests and artists who maintain information and knowledge. Basically
Europe was all about their showmanship and extravagancies. But this gave way to official procedures
and different book keepings.
The article then begins to define the different modalities (used to define, a way to define
First “The Historiographic Modality” is one of the most influential and most powerful in British
India. Examples of this modality include how facts are contrasted about past civilizations and in general
the history of the indigenous people.
Then the observational/travel modality is basically the “facts” told by those travelling and
following the same itineraries thus reinforcing the same “facts” as before.
The Survey Modality is things like surveying the roads and also surveying people. Kind of
confused about this one.
The Enumerative Modality is all abou