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Princes and paupers
India in children’s periodicals
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A wide range of images of the Indian peoples emerged from the juvenile periodicals, forming a rich, source of 'information', and augmenting material learned in the classroom. The non-fiction in the periodicals occupied a middle ground between the world of the textbooks and the adventure stories. India offered the best example of the 'official' Empire, the realm in which British institutions, civil, legal and military had been exported halfway round the globe. The content of the periodicals, whether directed at middle- or working-class youth, reflected the existing class structure within Britain. Public-school stories were a very popular genre in the children's literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The image of the imperial Indian offered the reader more than the lessons of racial supremacy, and satisfied a larger number of social needs than just the maintenance of Empire.

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