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An immersive portrait of the lives of the British in India, from the seventeenth century to Independence

Who of the British went to India, and why? We know about Kipling and Forster, Orwell and Scott, but what of the youthful forestry official, the enterprising boxwallah, the fervid missionary? What motivated them to travel halfway around the globe, what lives did they lead when they got there, and what did they think about it all?

Full of spirited, illuminating anecdotes drawn from long-forgotten memoirs, correspondence, and government documents, The British in India weaves a rich tapestry of the everyday experiences of the Britons who found themselves in "the jewel in the crown" of the British Empire. David Gilmour captures the substance and texture of their work, home, and social lives, and illustrates how these transformed across the several centuries of British presence and rule in the subcontinent, from the East India Company's first trading station in 1615 to the twilight of the Raj and Partition and Independence in 1947. He takes us through remote hill stations, bustling coastal ports, opulent palaces, regimented cantonments, and dense jungles, revealing the country as seen through British eyes, and wittily reveling in all the particular concerns and contradictions that were a consequence of that limited perspective. The British in India is a breathtaking accomplishment, a vivid and balanced history written with brio, elegance, and erudition.


David Gilmour



List of Illustrations ix
Maps xii
Acknowledgements xvii

Introduction 1

1 Numbers 9

2 Motivations 23
Repairing the Fortune - A Diamond and Pagodas - Species of Zeal - Kinship - The Lure of the Orient - Female Vocations

3 Origins and Identities 72
Dolphin Families - Nephews and Competitors - Soldiering by Chance - Boxwallahs and Planters - Celts and North Britons - Aristocrats

4 Imperial Apprentices 110
'Rather a Farce . . .' - Competition Wallahs - Gentlemen Cadets - Surgeons on Horseback

5 Voyages and Other Journeys 130
Sail - Steam - Rivers - Men and Animals - Machines

6 Working Lives: Insiders 161
Pooh-Bahs on the Plains - Judges in the Station - Despots in the Hills - The Politicals - Dr Nestor and the IMS

7 Working Lives: The Open Air 193
On Tour - Jungle Wallahs - Policemen - Sappers and Canals - Indigo Blue and Assamese Tea - Missions and Moral Fibre

8 The Military Life 237
The Army in India - Tommy Atkins - On the March and Along the Frontier - Officers and the Mess

9 Intimacies 283
The Rise and Fall of the Bibi - British Marriages - Mixed Marriages - Adulteries - Necessities - Sodom and Adventure

10. Domesticities 337
Homes - Servants and Shopping - Edibles - Drinkables - Children - Pets

11. Formalities 383
'The Etiquette of Precedence' - The Club - Racial Relations

12. Singularities 414
Unsound Civilians - Other Memsahibs - Going Native - Loafers

13. At Ease 444
Artists and Amateurs - Furlough - Holidays in India - Cricket and Other Games - Shikar - In the Saddle

14. Last Posts 484
Death in India - Repatriates - Staying On

Envoi 522

Glossary of Indian and Anglo-Indian Words 527
Notes 531
Sources and Bibliography 551
Index 579


Titel: The British in India
Untertitel: A Social History of the Raj
EAN: 9780374713249
ISBN: 978-0-374-71324-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 592
Veröffentlichung: 13.11.2018
Jahr: 2018
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 54.9 MB
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