David Arnold (historian)

David Arnold (born 1 October 1946) is a historian and has held the position of Professor of Asian and Global History at Warwick University since 2006.[1] Previously he held the position of professor of South Asian History at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He was one of the founding members of the subaltern studies group in the 1970s, remembered by Ranajit Guha in 1993 as 'an assortment of marginalised academics'.[2] Arnold contributed seven articles in total to the publication and co-edited the eighth volume with David Hardiman in 1994.[3] He later described this period as consisting of 'the most inspiring and supportive atmosphere I have ever been in'.[4]

He is also an early contributor to the field of colonial medicine, most influentially Colonizing the Body.[5]


  1. David Arnold. "David Arnold". University of Warwick. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  2. Guha, Ranajit (1993). Subaltern Studies Reader, 1986-1995. University of Minnesota Press. p. xiv. ISBN 0-8166-2759-2.
  3. Philip McEldowney. "By Authors From the Books of the Subaltern Studies Series". University of Virginia. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  4. Prabhjap Singh Jutla. "David Arnold". School of Oriental and African Studies. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  5. Arnold, David (1993). Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-08295-3.

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