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The ruling caste : imperial lives in the Victorian Raj

Author: David Gilmour
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Between 1837 and 1901, fewer than 100,000 Britons managed an empire of 300 million people spread over the vast area that now includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma. How was this possible, and what were these people like? The British administration in India took pride in its efficiency and broad-mindedness, its devotion to duty and its sense of imperial grandeur, but it has become fashionable to deprecate it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Gilmour
ISBN: 9780374283544 0374283540
OCLC Number: 61694851
Description: xxiii, 381 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Queen Victoria's Indian empire --
Old boys --
Competition wallahs --
Griffins --
District officers --
Campers --
Magistrates and judges --
Black sheep --
Frontiersmen --
Residents and agents --
Mandarins --
Life at the top --
Thinkers --
Players --
Husbands and lovers --
Families and exiles --
Pensioners.
Other Titles: Imperial lives in the Victorian Raj
Responsibility: David Gilmour.
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Between 1837 and 1901, fewer than 100,000 Britons managed an empire of 300 million people spread over the vast area that now includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma. How was this possible, and what were these people like? The British administration in India took pride in its efficiency and broad-mindedness, its devotion to duty and its sense of imperial grandeur, but it has become fashionable to deprecate it for its arrogance and ignorance. In this balanced history, author Gilmour goes far to explain the paradoxes of the "Anglo-Indians," showing us what they hoped to achieve and what sort of society they thought they were helping to build. He deals with the real trials and triumphs of an imperial ruling class; the dangerous temptations that an empire's power encourages; and relations between governor and governed, between European and Asian.--From publisher description.

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