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Counterflows To Colonialism (Indian Travellers and Settlers In Britain 1600-1857)

Counterflows To Colonialism (Indian Travellers and Settlers In Britain 1600-1857)
Item Code: IDI533
Author: Michael H. Fisher
Publisher: Permanent Black
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8178241544
Pages: 487 (Color Illus: 8, B & W Illus: 20, Maps: 3, Chart: 4)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.3" X 5.4
Back of the Book

Indian have been visiting or settling in England since the early 1600s. by the mid-nineteenth century several thousand Indian seamen, servants, scholars, soldiers, women and children, students, diplomats, royalty, merchants, tourists, and settlers were participating in British Society.

Their self-representations and activities influenced British attitudes and policies towards India generally. The context for these interactions and representations was colonialism and its processes, which powerfully altered what being 'Indian' meant, culturally and legally.

This book surveys and analyses Indians that ventured to Britain over 250 years, their reasons for travel, their diverse lived experiences, and their contrasting representing of colonizer, colonized, and colonial rule.

Written in jargon-free prose, this book will enthrall general readers as well as historians. Comprising diverse stories and telling anecdotes, eccentric personalities and peculiar lives, this is an unusually readable work by an eminent historian of India.

Michael H. Fisher is Danforth Professor of History at Oberlin College, USA. His many books include a biography of Dean Mahomet (1759-1851), The First Indian author in Enlish.

List of Charts, Images, Maps, and Tables ix
List of Abbreviationsxiii
Note on Transliterationxvi
Identities: 'Indians', 'Britons', and 'the Company', 1600 to 18574
Complexities of Context, Gender, Class, and Ethnicity8
Knowledge, Representations, and Power14
Part I: Pre-Colonial And Early Colonial Relations,
1Early Interactions: Indians, Britons, and the Company, 1600s-1750s20
Comparative Contexts and Early Arrivals 20
From the Mughal Imperial court to England and Back 22
Identities and Right of Indian Merchants in Britain29
Indian Sailors and Lascars Make the Passage32
Indian Servants and Slaves Working in Britain42
The First 150 Years48
2Indians in Britain as British Colonial Conquests Begin: 1750s-1790s50
Early Colonial India and Britain50
Indian Servants and Slaves53
Indian Seamen: Lascars and Sailors65
From Sailor to Gentleman and Back to Subaltern71
Armenian Merchants from Bengal in London82
Indian Envoys from the Mughal Empire85
Representing a Would-be Ruler90
Indian Diplomats and 'Royalty' in Britain97
Early Effects of Colonialism101
Part II: Setting The Patterns.
3Indian Scholars and Teachers during Early Colonialism103
Shifting cultures of Colonial Rule103
Indian Faculty at Haileybury112
Addiscombe's Indian Professor125
The Company's Termination of Indian Academics131
Indian Educators in Early-Nineteenth-Century Britain135
4Indian Seamen and the Company137
Patterns of Recruitment and service of Lascars137
The Changing Demand for Lascars139
Lascars Prior to the Depot System148
Establishing the contract Depot System (1797-1813)150
Lascar Life in London's Docklands during the Early Nineteenth Century156
Lascars at the Heart of Controversy (1813-1816)162
London's Docklands and the Depot (1816-1834)172
lascar Labour, the Company, and British Society178
5Crossing Identity Boundaries180
'Natives of India' in Britain180
Indian Wives and Children182
Indians Claiming Nobility in Britain189
Contested Definitions of Indian Identity201
Boundaries and Their Limits211
6Indian Servant and Slaves in Early colonial Britain214
Indian Labour in British Domestic and Public Space214
Company Efforts to Control Indian Servants216
Profiling Women and Men Servants221
Indian Servants and Slaves and British Rule225
Emancipation and Back232
Married and Settled237
Service and Slavery in India and Britain241
Part III: Indian Communities Develop In
Britain, 1830s-1857
7Indian Delegations Entering London243
Indian Diplomats, Agents, and Royalty in Colonizing Britain243
Contrasting Envoys: Eunuch and Savant248
From Petitioner to Settler259
Ambassadors and royalty from Awadh264
Missions from Satara and Jhajjar275
Indian Missions to Britain297
8Britain as Site of Pleasure and Advancement299
Exploring Britain's Possibilities299
Clerk at the Board of Control300
Pensioned Son of Tipu Sultan304
Military Officer and Tourist309
The Begum's Heir in High Society and Parliament, 1838-1851318
9Seeking Honours, Knowledge, Profit, and Justice338
Anglicization as Means of Advancement338
Parsi Officials and Students339
North Indian Munshis and Persian Secretaries351
Bengali Businessmen, Students, and Christians367
Military Men375
Improving Oneself in Britain380
10Indian Communities in Britain during the Decades to 1857381
Developing Indian Social Circles and Neighborhoods381
London's Oriental Quarter383
Surat's Successive Missions (1844, 1854-1857)392
Pensioned Son of Tipu Sultan and His Servant Settler406
The Awadh Queen Mother and Suite411
Indian Intermediaries in London422
Indian in British Society428
Conclusions and Beyond 1857431
Early Indians in Britain431
Indians during High-colonialism and Post-colonialism436
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