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The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain

The anti-imperialist credentials of Nicholas Dirks are beyond dispute. Trained at the University of Chicago under the tutelage of Bernard Cohn, Dirks is the author of The Hollow Crown (1987), a compelling work of anthropological history which traces the political and social transformations of the ‘little kingdom’ of Pudukkotai (in southern India) into the colonialContinue reading “The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain”

Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600–1857

While reading Michael Fisher’s new book, Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600–1857, which details the diverse experiences of South Asians in Britain, I often found myself reminded of Tayeb Salih’s 1969 novel Season of Migration to the North.(1) The figure at the heart of this remarkable story, originally written in Arabic,Continue reading “Counterflows to Colonialism: Indian Travellers and Settlers in Britain, 1600–1857”