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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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Kate Middleton, ‘middle-classness’ and family values
Laura Clancy

-called ‘annus horribilis’ in 1992 was partly characterised by anger at public funds being used to restore Windsor Castle after a fire. 76 It was also partly characterised by publicised ‘sexual transgressions’ by the (then) younger royals, after intimate disputes, ‘sexual scandals’ and divorce were documented by the news and entertainment media and shook ‘the patriarchal foundations of the monarchy’. 77 The year 1992 saw Prince Andrew separate from Sarah Ferguson, Princess Anne

in Running the Family Firm
Patrick O’Leary

regarded as important allies of the British. They were guaranteed safe from external threat or annexation and allowed to run their own internal affairs provided they were reasonably competent and did not cause venal or sexual scandal. In return ‘they had to tolerate a British political officer charged to guide them along the path of responsible rule’. 25 This official was an army officer or

in Servants of the empire
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English historiography at its ‘lowest ebb’
Noelle Gallagher

he finds proper for his Quality, Age, Temperament, Fortune and Affairs’. 40 Restoration and early-eighteenth-century historical literatures, by contrast, often focused on a particular person or group, presenting portraits that sought to capitalize on the burgeoning interest in individual psychology. 41 Private manners, personal failings, domestic duties, sexual scandals

in Historical literatures
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Alan Rosenthal

Galileo’s theory, but only in 1992. Antony’s view was that the church’s insistence on celibacy, might be the signal for the death of the institution. At the time that Antony made Celibacy the Catholic church was under severe attack for the mounting sexual scandals in both Europe and the USA. This was a period when priest after priest was publicly accused of having molested young men or boys, and TV was bombarded by program after program discussing the subject. But Antony’s film went much deeper than the usual media blast. According to Antony ‘No one was asking why had

in The documentary diaries
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Tanya Cheadle

them fulfilling the role of ‘rogue uncle’ Nottingham ascribes to William Morris and Carpenter.23 Finally, while the rigour with which the establishment pursued its course of moral conservatism is well documented, not least in the period’s various sexual scandals – including over birth control (the Besant–Bradlaugh trial of 1877), ‘free love’ unions (the Edith Lanchester case of 1895), male same-sex relationships (Oscar Wilde’s trials of 1895), and male prostitution (the Cleveland Street scandal of 1889) – the evidence from Scotland emphasises the additional

in Sexual progressives
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Catholic imagination, modern Irish writing and the case of John McGahern
Frank Shovlin

Delvin, Co. Westmeath, the village on which MacNamara had based his dreary Garradrimna. MacNamara’s father’s school was boycotted by the locals, and the case was taken up by W. B. Yeats, A. E. and others in the first great literary scandal of the Free State. Today in Ireland, the depiction of a perverse, insane or deviant priest in a work of literature, far from creating outrage, would not raise a murmur. In the wake of a slowly but surely building secularism and the fallout from the spate of sexual scandals of the past twenty years, the Catholic Church could hardly

in Irish Catholic identities
The off-duty world of the Customs staff
Catherine Ladds

more important. 74 Furthermore the growing number of marriageable white women across the empire world punctured the earlier rationale that mixed-race relationships were a necessary evil for isolated foreign men exiled to far-flung corners of the globe. This broader context certainly shaped the Customs’ growing concern about the threat sexual scandals posed to its reputation, especially from the late

in Empire careers
The collapse of reason and sanity in Alan Moore’s From Hell
Monica Germanà

series of atrocious murders in the East-end of London is a fresh and terrible reminder of the capacity of humanity for evil, and of the facilities which our congested centres of population offer to the commission of the wildest crimes’, commented the Evening News in the wake of Annie Chapman’s murder. 33 Moreover, following the unveiling of sexual scandals and campaigns to

in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition
The ‘Scottish play’ within the play
Andrew Hadfield

, sexual scandal, lack of personal morality and unscrupulous behaviour. But a coded warning to whoever might want to listen, adding spice to an already heady mixture of plots and narratives, perhaps seems a more plausible reason for producing a play, especially one first performed at the very end of Elizabeth’s reign. Hamlet makes no attempt to offer any solution to the problems it raises, so it cannot be

in Shakespeare and Scotland