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288 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719076664

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The better class of Indians

Social rank, Imperial identity, and South Asians in Britain 1858-1914

A. Martin Wainwright

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • Based mainly on unpublished material from the India Office Records, the National Archives, and private collections of charitable organizations, most of which has never been the focus of historical analysis
  • Shows how the presence of South Asians in Britain affected British society and emphasizes the uniqueness of Britain within the empire, as a venue for using class as the primary register for understanding other social hierarchies, such as race, gender, religion, and national identity
  • Departs from previous scholarship, arguing that the empire actually encouraged conflicting notions of Britishness into the twentieth century
  • The first book-length study to focus primarily on the role of class in the encounter between South Asians and institutions in Britain
  • Contrasts the local contexts of Britain with other parts of the empire and argues that historians should beware of sweeping generalizations regarding contemporary attitudes toward ethnic difference