nineteenth-centuryIndia. Smallpox occupied a distinctive place in both
Indian and British attitudes to disease, curing and prevention. One of
the most readily identifiable as well as one of the most virulent of
India’s epidemic diseases, smallpox was widely represented in
religious belief and ritual, with smallpox deities worshipped throughout
virtually the whole of India. The disease was also
The substantive and methodological contributions of professional historians to development policy debates was marginal, whether because of the dominance of economists or the inability of historians to contribute. There are broadly three ways in which history matters for development policy. These include insistence on the methodological principles of respect for context, process and difference; history is a resource of critical and reflective self-awareness about the nature of the discipline of development itself; and history brings a particular kind of perspective to development problems . After establishing the key issues, this book explores the broad theme of the institutional origins of economic development, focusing on the cases of nineteenth-century India and Africa. It demonstrates that scholarship on the origins of industrialisation in England in the late eighteenth century suggests a gestation reaching back to a period during which a series of social institutional innovations were pioneered and extended to most citizens of England. The book examines a paradox in China where an emphasis on human welfare characterized the rule of the eighteenth-century Qing dynasty, and has been demonstrated in modern-day China's emphasis on health and education. It provides a discussion on the history of the relationship between ideology and policy in public health, sanitation in India's modern history and the poor health of Native Americans. The book unpacks the origins of public education, with a focus on the emergency of mass literacy in Victorian England and excavates the processes by which colonial education was indigenized throughout South-East Asia.
This book is about the processes and practices through which two differently positioned elites, among the colonisers and the colonised, were constituted respectively as the 'manly Englishman' and the 'effeminate Bengali'. It argues that the emerging dynamics between colonial and nationalist politics in the 1880s and 1890s in India is best captured in the logic of colonial masculinity. The figures of the 'manly Englishman' and the 'effeminate Bengali' were thus constituted in relation to colonial Indian society as well as to some aspects of late nineteenth-century British society. These aspects of late nineteenth-century British society are the emergence of the 'New Woman', the 'remaking of the working class', the legacy of 'internal colonialism', and the anti-feminist backlash of the 1880s and 1890s. A sustained focus on the imperial constitution of colonial masculinity, therefore, serves also to refine the standard historical scholarship on nineteenth-century British masculinity. The book traces the impact of colonial masculinity in four specific controversies: the 'white mutiny' against the Ilbert Bill in 1883, the official government response to the Native Volunteer movement in 1885, the recommendations of the Public Service Commission of 1886, and the Indian opposition to the Age of Consent Bill in 1891. In this book, the author situates the analysis very specifically in the context of an imperial social formation. In doing so, the author examines colonial masculinity not only in the context of social forces within India, but also as framed by and framing political, economic, and ideological shifts in Britain.
accommodation aimed to separate the newcomers from the indigenous
population in an attempt to create European communities, but some
elements such as insects, climate and disease remained.
As an elite group, the Germans in
nineteenth-centuryIndia also carried out work reflecting their position
on the social scale. The contact which they had with the indigenous
populations tended to
testify to his servitude. There is
no attempt to delineate his facial features and it is, in fact, the utter absence of
an individual identity that is produced in this representation in the shadows.
What might this juxtaposition of characters within the painting and its use of
visibility and shadows tell us about representational practices like portraiture
in nineteenth-centuryIndia and portraiture’s construction of the visual fiction of an autonomous self?
Ravi Varma’s painting of the scholar bears a strong resemblance to a
sequence from D.G. Phalke’s short film
A discourse on veiling and unveiling was implicated in changing notions of
the body in nineteenth century India, prominent amongst which was the place
of the female nude. Introduced by European artists and taught at the
British-run academic art schools in India, the nude was also displayed in
the houses and palaces of the elite as a symbol of good taste. This chapter
argues that this idea of the nude – as the body shorn of all clothing – was
premised upon Enlightenment ideas of the ‘naked truth’ that assumed the
naked body as ‘natural’ and prior to representation. In the Indian context,
however, as many authors have noted, it was the adorned body that was
regarded as auspicious. This chapter evaluates how the female body becomes
the site of an inordinate erotic investment in nineteenth-century Indian
pictorial practice, premised upon exactly such a mechanism of veiling and
unveiling, providing us with some historical perspective in recent debates
on nudity in Indian painting.
comparatively scant attention from
Cursory references contained in certain works do bring livestock’s
centrality to the fore. Jairus Banaji, for example, makes the
significant observation that cattle were so integral to the peasant
economy in nineteenth-centuryIndia that any household without it
‘was a household on the verge of extinction’. 12 However, very
Explaining how leprosy was considered in various historical settings by referring to categories of uncleanliness in antiquity, is problematic. The book historicizes how leprosy has been framed and addressed. It investigates the history of leprosy in Suriname, a plantation society where the vast majority of the population consisted of imported slaves from Africa. The relationship between the modern stigmatization and exclusion of people affected with leprosy, and the political tensions and racial fears originating in colonial slave society, exerting their influence until after the decolonization up to the present day. The book explores leprosy management on the black side of the medical market in the age of slavery as contrasted with the white side. The difference in perspectives on leprosy between African slaves and European masters contributed to the development of the 'Great Confinement' policies, and leprosy sufferers were sent to the Batavia leprosy asylum. Dutch debates about leprosy took place when the threat of a 'return' of leprosy to the Netherlands appeared to materialise. A symbiotic alliance for leprosy care that had formed between the colonial state and the Catholics earlier in the nineteenth century was renegotiated within the transforming landscape of Surinamese society to incorporate Protestants as well. By 1935, Dutch colonial medicine had dammed the growing danger of leprosy by using the modern policies of detection and treatment. Dutch doctors and public health officials tried to come to grips with the Afro-Surinamese belief in treef and its influence on the execution of public health policies.
project undertaken by Atkinson and his peers in
nineteenth-centuryIndia echoes and extends these same imperatives. For
Bryskett and Spenser in the 1580s, and for Atkinson in the 1820s, the
intellectual and imaginative acts of literary humanism promised to
bridge the world in which they found themselves and the one to which
they aspired. Extending the literary canon into new worlds becomes, in
Victorian medical men could suffer numerous setbacks on their individual paths to professionalisation, and Thomas Elkanah Hoyle's career offers a telling exemplar. This book addresses a range of the financial, professional, and personal challenges that faced and sometimes defeated the aspiring medical men of England and Wales. Spanning the decades 1780-1890, from the publication of the first medical directory to the second Medical Registration Act, it considers their careers in England and Wales, and in the Indian Medical Service. The book questions the existing picture of broad and rising medical prosperity across the nineteenth century to consider the men who did not keep up with professionalising trends. Financial difficulty was widespread in medical practice, and while there are only a few who underwent bankruptcy or insolvency identified among medical suicides, the fear of financial failure could prove a powerful motive for self-destruction. The book unpicks the life stories of men such as Henry Edwards, who could not sustain a professional persona of disinterested expertise. In doing so it uncovers the trials of the medical marketplace and the pressures of medical masculinity. The book also considers charges against practitioners that entailed their neglect, incompetence or questionable practice which occasioned a threat to patients' lives. The occurrence and reporting of violent crime by medical men, specifically serious sexual assault and murder is also discussed. A tiny proportion of medical practitioners also experienced life as a patient in an asylum.