Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law by Elizabeth Kolsky | 9780521116862 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law

Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law

by Elizabeth Kolsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521116864

ISBN-13: 9780521116862

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Colonial Justice in British India describes and examines the lesser-known history of white violence in colonial India. By foregrounding crimes committed by a mostly forgotten cast of European characters - planters, paupers, soldiers, and sailors - Elizabeth Kolsky argues that violence was not an exceptional but an ordinary part of British rule in the subcontinent.

Overview

Colonial Justice in British India describes and examines the lesser-known history of white violence in colonial India. By foregrounding crimes committed by a mostly forgotten cast of European characters - planters, paupers, soldiers, and sailors - Elizabeth Kolsky argues that violence was not an exceptional but an ordinary part of British rule in the subcontinent. Despite the pledge of equality, colonial legislation, and the practices of white judges, juries and police placed most Europeans above the law, literally allowing them to get away with murder. The failure to control these unruly whites revealed how the weight of race and the imperatives of command unbalanced the scales of colonial justice. In a powerful account of this period, Kolsky reveals a new perspective on the British empire in India, highlighting the disquieting violence that invariably accompanied imperial forms of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521116862
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #17
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
925,444
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures vi

List of maps vii

List of tables viii

Acknowledgements ix

Glossary xi

Introduction 1

1 White peril: law and lawlessness in early colonial India 27

2 Citizens, subjects, and subjection to law: codification and the legal construction of racial difference 69

3 "Indian human nature": evidence, experts, and the elusive pursuit of truth 108

4 "One scale of justice for the planter and another for the coolie": law and violence on the Assam tea plantations 142

5 "A judicial scandal": the imperial conscience and the race against empire 185

Conclusion 229

Bibliography 234

Index 248

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