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The Empire of Clouds in north-east India
Author: Andrew J. May

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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The British press and India c. 1880–1922
Author: Chandrika Kaul

The press was an important forum for debate over the future of India and was used by significant groups within the political elite to advance their agendas. This book is the first analysis of the dynamics of British press reporting of India and the attempts made by the British Government to manipulate press coverage as part of a strategy of imperial control. It focuses on a period which represented a critical transitional phase in the history of the Raj, witnessing the impact of the First World War. The book discusses major constitutional reform initiatives, the tragedy of the Amritsar massacre, and the launching of Gandhi's mass movement. Reforms, crises and controversies of the first two decades of the twentieth century ensured that Indian affairs were brought prominently before the British public. The distance and difficulty of transmission had traditionally regulated news of the Indian empire. The Empire Press Union (EPU) worked to facilitate access to official and parliamentary news for overseas journalists and lobbied vigorously to reduce press costs. Reuters was the main telegraph news agency within India. The early twentieth century saw an increased interchange of news and information between Fleet Street and the Indian press. The Minto-Morley partnership was sensitive to the London press and its possible influence, both within domestic politics and indirectly through its impact on Indian politics and Indian-run newspapers. The Times gave sustained support, with Dawson corresponding regularly with the Viceroy on 'the great subject of constitutional Reform'.

Frank Furedi

development barely concealed deep-rooted anxieties regarding the future. The unknown post-war order and the soon-to-return veteran were treated inter changeably in the imagination of officials and post-war planners. From this perspective, the returning soldier symbolized broader concerns regarding imperial control. That demobilization would lead to discontent, was by 1943, assumed to be self-evident. From

in Guardians of empire
Martin Thomas

that the Wehrmacht was in Paris. A large part of the French nation had apparently taken to the roads in flight. As if to symbolise the disarray, by 13 June Paul Reynaud’s government had left by train for Tours, thence to Cangé and on to Bordeaux. A central pillar of French imperial control was the acknowledged prowess of French soldiery. For all the efforts of

in The French empire at war 1940–45
Naval scares, imperial anxieties and naval manhood
Mary A. Conley

, about the instability of imperial control. Imperialists and navalists who advocated a strong navy defended British claims to the seas and argued that naval supremacy was crucial to ensuring the safety of Britain and its empire. The formation of the British Navy League in 1895 reflected public anxieties about the state of the navy and the stability of the Empire. In addition to portraying the sea as Britain

in From Jack Tar to Union Jack
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The Indian Army and the fight for empire, 1918–20
Kate Imy

Indian nationalists criticised Indian soldiers for serving the imperial state and, at times, fighting against civilian populations, bringing the horrors and traumas of war into times of so-called peace. Yet soldiers’ service was not an unambiguous triumph of imperial loyalty over nationalist interests. The lines between loyalty and rebellion were blurry in colonial armies generally, and especially in the Indian Army after the First World War. Before British leaders could imagine reasserting imperial control in India, they had to win over the soldiers of the Indian Army

in Exiting war
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Postcolonial governance and the policing of family
Author: Joe Turner

Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.

Ralph Knevet's Supplement of the Faery Queene (1635) is a narrative and allegorical work, which weaves together a complex collection of tales and episodes, featuring knights, ladies, sorcerers, monsters, vertiginous fortresses and deadly battles – a chivalric romp in Spenser's cod medieval style. The poem shadows recent English history, and the major military and political events of the Thirty Years War. But the Supplement is also an ambitiously intertextual poem, weaving together materials from mythic, literary, historical, scientific, theological, and many other kinds of written sources. Its encyclopaedic ambitions combine with Knevet's historical focus to produce an allegorical epic poem of considerable interest and power.

This new edition of Knevet's Supplement, the first scholarly text of the poem ever published, situates it in its literary, historical, biographical, and intellectual contexts. An extensive introduction and copious critical commentary, positioned at the back of the book, will enable students and scholars alike to access Knevet's complicated and enigmatic meanings, structures, and allusions.

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Martin Thomas

, from such works is the rising force of colonial opinion and the structural frailties of French imperial control. Put bluntly, few French memoirs convey the popular animosity towards French colonial administration which is writ large within the archival records of the period. In one sense, this is unsurprising. Former Vichyite administrators, like their erstwhile Free French opponents, moved within the

in The French empire at war 1940–45
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Zoë Laidlaw

‘systematic colonisation’. The response of the Colonial Office to these issues, and to its own role in the mid-1830s, provides another focus for the book. How was the imperial government to reconcile settlers’ increasing demands for greater self-government with metropolitan conceptions of their unreadiness and unsuitability for it? How could it counter domestic concerns about imperial control, expenditure and

in Colonial connections, 1815–45