Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2012

288 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719089084

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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

  • Uses unpublished material from the India Office Records, the National Archives, and private collections of charitable organizations, most of which has never been the focus of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, using class as the primary register for understanding other social hierarchies, such as race, gender, religion, and national identity
  • Argues 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

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