The ruling caste : imperial lives in the Victorian Raj / David Gilmour.
- Other Title:
- Imperial lives in the Victorian Raj
- 1st American ed.
- New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
xxiii, 381 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
- India -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Asia -- Administration -- History -- 19th century.
Politics and government
- 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.
- Introduction: Queen Victoria's Indian empire
Magistrates and judges
Residents and agents
Life at the top
Husbands and lovers
Families and exiles
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-359) and index.
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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