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Subaltern Lives Biographies of Colonialism in the Indian Ocean World, 1790-1920 by Clare Anderson
  

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

Part of the Critical Perspectives on Empire Series

Synopsis

Subaltern Lives Biographies of Colonialism in the Indian Ocean World, 1790-1920 by Clare Anderson

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.

About the Author

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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Publication date

5th April 2012

Author

Clare Anderson

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
238 pages

Categories

Colonialism & imperialism
General & world history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781107645448

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