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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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Leading the empire, leading the world?
James Keating

This introduction describes the major arguments and methodologies employed in the book, including the application of new imperial history models, networked conceptions of empire, and transnational history to the study of the Australasian and international women’s movements. It traces the trajectories of national suffrage historiography in Australia and New Zealand and details the existence of deep connections between suffragists across Britain’s Australasian colonies as well as these activists’ efforts to build meaningful connections with like-minded women across the world. It concludes by outlining the book’s primary sources and introducing its primary case studies: New South Wales, New Zealand, and South Australia. By paying careful attention to women from these emblematic colonies, it at once restores the suffragists to the overlapping worlds of Australasian and international feminist activism that they did so much to build and identifies the limits of transnational thought and action at the fin-de-siècle.

in Distant Sisters
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Medicine, mobility and the empire
Markku Hokkanen

and imperial connections. 9 The application of concepts and theories of network to imperial history can help to place ‘metropole’, ‘colony’ and ‘transitional zone’ in the same analytical frame. However, despite its evident usefulness, a networked conception of empires brings with it particular complications. Historians of science and historical geographers have recently highlighted the multilayered

in Medicine, mobility and the empire
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Andrew J. May

influence; in Alan Lester’s terms, we need to pay attention to a ‘networked conception of imperial interconnection’. 34 In the scene changes and flashbacks, sideshows and recapitulations, I might run the danger of disorienting my reader. Yet I trust that such disruption, which is often the traveller’s most constant accessory, can be endured in order to appreciate the view after the final mountain ascent with

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism
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The Church of England, migration and the British world
Joseph Hardwick

research on imperial networks. What has been called the ‘networked conception’ has encouraged scholars to rethink how the British empire was structured: the older image of a dominant core and subordinate periphery has given way to a more complicated picture of a decentred empire made up of series of nodes and networked communities, each of which was capable of building open and participatory channels of

in An Anglican British World
Joseph Hardwick

are essentially structures of power and coercion, networks have been cast as non-hierarchical, inclusive and participative formations that facilitated the movement of a wide range of ideas, people and information. The great benefit of the ‘networked conception’ is that it allows us to see the British empire in a completely new way. Britain’s empire was not just about a dominant core ruling a

in An Anglican British World
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Mapping the contours of the British World
Kent Fedorowich and Andrew S. Thompson

well as to histories of globalisation. Above all, British World scholarship is bringing into sharper relief the dynamics of settler-identity formation by presenting settler identities across the different colonies ‘as part of a singular, integrated historical experience’, 26 by developing new geographies of empire (especially the networked conceptions referred to above), and by recognising the

in Empire, migration and identity in the British world