Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 / Edition 1

Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena, 1860-1920 / Edition 1

by Thomas R. Metcalf
     
 


"Imperial Connections challenges the Eurocentrism implicit in many accounts of modern European empires. Focusing on the British empire when it was at its zenith, Metcalf analyzes the pivotal role the Raj played in the running of the empire in regions as far flung from one another as, say, Egypt, Uganda, Natal, and the Malay peninsula. This innovative book is a… See more details below

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"Imperial Connections challenges the Eurocentrism implicit in many accounts of modern European empires. Focusing on the British empire when it was at its zenith, Metcalf analyzes the pivotal role the Raj played in the running of the empire in regions as far flung from one another as, say, Egypt, Uganda, Natal, and the Malay peninsula. This innovative book is a real tour de force from a respected and versatile historian of India."—Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference

"As he has done regularly throughout his career, Thomas Metcalf has once again refreshed the study of British imperial history with a bold new perspective. Imperial Connections puts South Asians—soldiers, policemen and labourers—right at the heart of his study."—C.A. Bayly, Cambridge University, author of The Birth of the Modern World

"This is a distinctly original study which re-centers colonial power in provocative ways. Metcalf asks a simple question—why were Indians so persistently to be found elsewhere in the British empire, and in such significant numbers? Then elegantly offers answers that force us to re-think the operations of imperial power in critical ways. Wide-ranging, elegantly written, and meticulously researched, Metcalf's is an important and a persuasive study."—Philippa Levine, author of Prostitution, Race and Politics: Policing Venereal Disease in the British Empire, and forthcoming, The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258051
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/20/2008
Series:
California World History Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction: Empire Recentered     1
Governing Colonial Peoples     16
Constructing Identities     46
Projecting Power: The Indian Army Overseas     68
Recruiting Sikhs for Colonial Police and Military     102
"Hard Hands and Sound Healthy Bodies": Recruiting "Coolies" for Natal     136
India in East Africa     165
Conclusion     204
List of Abbreviations     223
Notes     225
Bibliography     249
Index     253

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