German archives offer a rich spectrum of sources related to modern Indian history and a possibility for developing new research directions in the domain of transnational histories and historical comparison through an exploration of the history of Indo-German entanglements. These sources can also offer scholars the possibility of acquiring new research perspectives, indeed a new lens, for engaging with modern Indian history by not solely prioritizing British colonial archives. The MIDA-Archival Guide, which accompanies the project’s online database, is an open-access forum for reflexive discussions on the rich India-related holdings of German archives. One of the main objectives of the Archival Guide is to reflect on how the turn towards entangled transnational and global histories not only raises new theoretical questions, but also confronts us with methodological issues on the relationship between entangled histories and archives. At the same time, it is a site for acquiring comprehensive overviews of India-related archival holdings of German archives for specific themes.

Texte des Archivführers:

A. Bajpai: Introduction

A. Bajpai: Tracing, Cataloguing, Indexing – Reflections on the Joachim and Petra Heidrich papers in the Leibniz-Zentrum Modernen Orient Archive

A. Benatar:  Die Beziehungen zwischen Pakistan und der DDR bis 1973

A. Benatar: Herbert Fischer – Eine deutsch-indische Verflechtungsbiografie

M. Christof-Füchsle – Quellen zu den Mysore-Kriegern (1766-1799) aus deutschen Archiven

M. Mann: Dietrich Brandis (1824-1907) – Botaniker und Begründer der tropischen

M. Mann: Waldwirtschaft und Forstwissenschaft in Britisch-Indien

R. Khan: Entangled Ideas: K. M Ashraf, Horst Krüger and New Indology in the German Democratic Republic