The Other Empire: Metropolis, India and Progress in the Colonial Imagination

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Manchester University Press, 2003 - History - 241 pages
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This comparative analysis looks afresh at the writings of observers such as Henry Mayhew, Patrick Colquhoun, Charles Grant, Pierce Egan, James Forbes and Emma Roberts, thereby seeking to rethink the location of the poor and India within the 19th-century imagination. Drawing upon cultural and intellectual history it also attempts to extend our understanding of the relationship between centre and periphery. The text should be of value to students and scholars of modern imperial and urban history, cultural studies and religious studies.
 

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Contents

The antinomies of progress
9
Desarts of Africa or Arabia
41
The intimate connexion
68
A complete cyclopaedia
101
So immense an empire
130
In darkest England
160
The great museum of races
187
Conclusion
221
Index
231
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John Marriott is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of East London, and Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

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