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By Joseph Sramek

Among 1765 and 1858, British imperialists in India obsessed always approximately gaining and protecting Indian “opinion” of British ethical and racial prestige.  Weaving political, highbrow, cultural, and gender historical past jointly in an cutting edge strategy, Gender, Morality, and Race in corporation India, 1765-1858 examines imperial anxieties relating to British ethical misconduct in India starting from debt and present giving to drunkenness and irreligion and issues out their wider dating to the structuring of British colonialism.  exhibiting a pervasive worry between imperial elites of wasting “mastery” over India, in addition to a deep mistrust of Indian civil and armed forces subordinates via whom they governed, Sramek demonstrates how a lot of the British Raj’s amazing racial conceitedness after 1858 can actually be traced again into the previous corporation interval of colonial rule.  instead of the Sepoy uprising of 1857 ushering in a extra racist type of colonialism, this ebook powerfully indicates a ways larger continuity among the 2 sessions of colonial rule than students have hitherto typically well-known.

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It was a process that had begur much earlier. "The early colonial period," Bayly tells us, "saw the further consolidation of a merchant and service class between the state and agrarian society. It was as much the product of the slow commercialisation of political power which had gathered pace in the late Mughal period as of the export of trades and land market of colonial rule .... But as an indication of the persistence of an indigenous social change [begun in the eighteenth century], it was no less important because its idiom remained 'traditional'" (1983:344-45).

Places on this map represent the significant sites for festivals and other collective activities described in the chapters of this volume. Sources used for the map include Eck 1982, Kumar 1984, Schechner and Hess 1977, and the chapter authors. < previous page page_24 next page > < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 Introduction to Part 1 Performance and Patronage Our study of Banaras begins here by looking at a variety of performance genres enacted in the public spaces of that urban site.

Tern were as important for city-hinterland connections as they were for urban residents themselves (see Part 3). The emergence of such urban corporations is important for us in this study of the urban site of Banaras, for corporations of townsmen, merchants and religious specialists had developed a new coherence and autonomy which in some cases amounted to a virtual civic self-government. These changes were not frustrated by caste fragmentation or the passivity of Hinduism: on the contrary, caste and religion provided the building-blocks out of which mercantile and urban solidarities were perceptibly emerging ....

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