Empress: Queen Victoria and India

Empress: Queen Victoria and India

by Miles Taylor


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An entirely original account of Victoria’s relationship with the Raj, which shows how India was central to the Victorian monarchy from as early as 1837

In this engaging and controversial book, Miles Taylor shows how both Victoria and Albert were spellbound by India, and argues that the Queen was humanely, intelligently, and passionately involved with the country throughout her reign and not just in the last decades. Taylor also reveals the way in which Victoria’s influence as empress contributed significantly to India’s modernization, both political and economic. This is, in a number of respects, a fresh account of imperial rule in India, suggesting that it was one of Victoria’s successes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300118094
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 793,317
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Miles Taylor is professor of modern history at the University of York. Between 2008 and 2014 he was director of the Institute of Historical Research.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xii

Note on the Text xvi

Abbreviations xvii

Map of British India circa 1901 xix

Introduction 1

1 Crown and Company 12

2 Warrior Queen 31

3 Exhibiting India 48

4 'This Bloody Civil War' 64

5 Victoria Beatrix 86

6 Queen of Public Works 117

7 Royal Tourists 138

8 Queen-Empress 167

9 Mother of India 191

10 Patriot Queen 209

11 Jujubilee 227

12 The Last Years of the Qaisara 247

Epilogue 268

Appendix: Queen Victoria in Indian Vernacular, 1858-1914 286

Notes 294

Select Bibliography 362

Index 371

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