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Nabobs : Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain - Tillman W. Nechtman


Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain


Published: 5th January 2012
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"Tillman Nechtman explores the relationship between Britain and its empire in the late eighteenth century through the controversy that surrounded employees of the East India Company. Labeled as 'nabobs' by their critics, Company employees returned from India, bringing the subcontinent's culture with them - souvenirs like clothing, foods, jewels, artwork, and animals. To the nabobs, imperial keepsakes were a way of narrating their imperial biographies, lives that braided Britain and India together. However, their domestic critics preferred to see Britain as distinct from empire and so saw the nabobs as a dangerous community of people who sought to reverse the currents of imperialism and to bring the empire home. Drawing on cultural, material, and visual history, this book captures a far wider picture of the fascinating controversy and sheds considerable new light on the tensions and contradictions inherent in British national identity in the late eighteenth century"--Provided by publisher.

Review of the hardback: 'Well researched and lucidly written, the book is a pleasure to read, and is perhaps particularly useful for readers who are newcomers to the primary and secondary literature of Britons' ideas about India and who seek a solid introduction to some of the cultural influences of the empire within Britain. It is also a handy synthesis of recent work on travel, race, and empire with a special focus on East India.' English Historical Review
Review of the hardback: '... thorough and sparkling study of imperial discontents ...' Kathleen Wilson, Journal of British Studies

List of illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: an imperial footprintp. 1
An India of the mind: Englightenment and empire in eighteenth-century South Asiap. 22
"Flesh and Blood cannot bear it": private lives and imperial taxonomies in late-eighteenth-century British Indiap. 60
The nabob controversy: debating global imperialismp. 92
Imperial clutter: the nabob controversy in the public spherep. 140
Nabobinas: gender, luxury, race, and empirep. 185
Conclusionp. 221
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780521763530
ISBN-10: 0521763533
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 5th January 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1