Rethinking "Indigenous Peoples" and "Revolutions" in World History

Many scholars refer to the years from the 1750s through the 1840s as an “Age of Revolutions.” It is a field with a rich historiography and many world history textbooks have embraced this periodization. The late and influential historian C.A. Bayly has also described this era as a “critical” moment “in the epistemological and economic creation of ‘indigenous peoples’ as a series of comparable categories across the globe.”Thus, the organizing principle of “indigenous peoples,” Bayly suggests, came into wider use during this time, “a period in which,” argue David Armitage and Sanjay Subrahmanyam in The Age of Revolution in a Global Context, “the local and the global were rearticulated in radical ways.