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The Empire of Clouds in north-east India

In 1841, the Welsh sent their first missionary, Thomas Jones, to evangelise the tribal peoples of the Khasi Hills of north-east India. This book follows Jones from rural Wales to Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth and now one of the most Christianised parts of India. It is about the piety and practices, the perceptions and prejudices of people in early nineteenth century Wales. The book is also about the ways in which the religious ambitions of those same people operated upon the lives and ideas of indigenous societies of the distant Khasi Hills of north-eastern India. It foregrounds broader political, scientific, racial and military ideologies that mobilised the Khasi Hills into an interconnected network of imperial control. Its themes are universal: crises of authority, the loneliness of geographical isolation, sexual scandal, greed and exploitation, personal and institutional dogma, individual and group morality. In analysing the individual lives that flash in and out of this history, the book is a performance within the effort to break down the many dimensions of distance that the imperial scene prescribes. It pays attention to a 'networked conception of imperial interconnection'. The book discusses Jones's evangelising among the Khasis as well as his conflicts with church and state authority. It also discusses some aspects of the micro-politics of mission and state in the two decades immediately following Thomas Jones's death. While the Welsh missionary impact was significant, its 'success' or indeed its novelty, needs to be measured against the pre-existing activities of British imperialists.

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idealism, all lived in the tissue of imperial praxis. This is not to say, of course, that British imperialism was not some species of systematised territorialism founded on core precepts of political, military, cultural, religious and economic policy and implementation. But its coercive power was not always brutally manifest. As Thomas Jones well knew, the perception of authority rather than the might of

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intentions mark transitions in scientific, commercial, geo-political, gendered and religious ideologies. Most of all, they complicate a version of British imperialism that pits state against church, science against industry, pragmatism against idealism. The purposes of the magistrate, the artilleryman, the geologist or the evangelist are rarely mutually exclusive; they are more often than

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seen for ninety years. My forebears were hardly the coerced captives of Colley’s imperial scenarios, but in everyday ways were subject to imperial trauma, ‘the sporadic powerlessness of the apparently all-powerful’. 7 In out of the way places, they were akin to the micro-historian’s ‘little peoples’. 8 A history of British imperialism in north-east India can also contribute to the

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Jones, and I have deliberately chosen the most marginal and far-flung place to set my study; yet through the historical circumstances of my family’s history, the place has also chosen me. Standing metaphorically at the side of the road leading from the plains to the hills provides an uncommon vantage point for a reconsideration of nineteenth-century British imperialism in north-east India. Yet the hills

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: Welsh missionary activity and British imperialism’ in Charlotte Williams, Neil Evans and Paul O’Leary (eds), A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (Cardiff, 2003 ), p. 38. 4 See William Williams, Welsh Calvinistic Methodism: A Historical Sketch of the Presbyterian

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north-east, as a key resource of British imperialism, melded the needs of science and strategy, and was an important institutional form for the EIC in its transition from an empire of trade to one of territorial administration and control. 15 Botany, geology and geography served multiple purposes; being scientifically minded, as Arnold notes, could be ‘politically advantageous’. 16 As

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British imperialism in the north was thus of a benign and essentially reluctant expansionist, never actively seeking territory by conquest, but almost inadvertently amassing kingdoms from the ocean to the Himalayas within a hundred miles of China, and east to Cochin China (Indochina). Assam, Arakan, Chittagong, Tenasserim – even west across the Indus River to Afghanistan; such

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The core questions of this book have been to determine something of the nature of British imperialism in the Khasi Hills, and to explore the ways in which the motives and expectations of its various agents were interconnected. As a study of elements of Christian religious belief and practice, the book’s final chapters will use Thomas Jones

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Two places at once

After losing sight of the Welsh mountains and Ireland, Thomas and Ann Jones headed for the Cape of Good Hope and on across the Indian Ocean to the Bay of Bengal. As days became weeks, John Roberts plotted the Jamaica in its imaginary course to Calcutta. Lieutenant-General Hay Macdowall, who had gone down with the Lady Jane Dundas, had been returning to England in the aftermath of rebellion and disaffection in the Madras Presidency. The burial registers at St John's Church in Calcutta had numerous entries for passengers and crew who had sickened and died by the end of their voyage. In a sense, the India they had constructed was unspecific, not anchored to the detail of this particular time or that particular place. At another level, however, the Thomas Jones's voyage of discovery became an expedition that confirmed and validated the real India.

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