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Subaltern Lives
Biographies of Colonialism in the Indian Ocean World, 1790–1920

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Part of Critical Perspectives on Empire

  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107645448

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  • Subaltern Lives uses biographical fragments of the lives of convicts, captives, sailors, slaves, indentured labourers and indigenous peoples to build a fascinating new picture of colonial life in the nineteenth-century Indian Ocean. Moving between India, Africa, Mauritius, Burma, Singapore, Ceylon, the Andaman Islands and the Australian colonies, Clare Anderson offers fresh readings of the nature and significance of 'networked' Empire. She reveals the importance of penal transportation for colonial expansion and sheds new light on convict experiences of penal settlements and colonies, as well as the relationship between convictism, punishment and colonial labour regimes. The book also explores the nature of colonial society during this period and embeds subaltern biographies into key events like the abolition of slavery, the Anglo-Sikh Wars and the Indian Revolt of 1857. This is an important new perspective on British colonialism which also opens up new possibilities for the writing of history itself.

    • Proposes a new way of writing colonial and global histories of the Indian Ocean through biographies
    • Provides fascinating insights into the life histories of non-elites and how they can illuminate the functioning of colonial networks
    • Considers the benefits and challenges of working across national archives and of drawing on family history resources in historical research
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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107645448
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Subaltern lives: an introduction
    2. Dullah
    3. George Morgan
    4. Narain Singh
    5. Liaquat Ali and Amelia Bennett
    6. Edwin Forbes
    7. Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Clare Anderson, University of Leicester
    Clare Anderson is Professor of History at the University of Leicester. She is currently developing comparative work on European penal colonies, on the interface between 'academic' and 'family' history, and the relationship between history, sociology and anthropology.

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