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

by Clare Anderson

Part of the Critical Perspectives on Empire Series

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

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107645448
Publication date: 5th April 2012
Author: Clare Anderson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 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,

About Clare Anderson

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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