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  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141979212
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $26.99
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The British in India

Three Centuries of Ambition and Experience




A panoramic social history chronicling the lives of hundreds of British people of all classes in the most important territory of the British Empire.

The British in this book lived in India from shortly after the reign of Elizabeth I until well into the reign of Elizabeth II. They were soldiers, officials, businessmen, doctors and missionaries of both sexes, planters, engineers and many others, together with children, wives and sisters. This book describes their lives, their work and their extraordinarily varied interactions with the native populations; it also records the very diverse roles they played in the three centuries of British-Indian history. Gilmour writes of people who have never been written about before, men and women who are presented here with humanity and often with humour. The result is a magnificent tapestry of life, an exceptional work of scholarly recovery which reads like a great nineteenth-century novel. It makes a highly original and engaging contribution to a long an important period of British and Indian history.

  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141979212
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $26.99
Categories:

About the author

David Gilmour

David Gilmour's books include the prize-winning biographies, Curzon and The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe di Lampedusa. He is also the author of Cities of Spain, The Hungry Generations and several works on the politics of Spain and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a former Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, he is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

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