The Ruling Caste
Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj
By (author) David Gilmour
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Ruling Caste by David Gilmour
Book DescriptionIn 1900 just over a thousand British civil servants ruled a population of nearly 300 million people spread over a territory now covered by India, Pakistan, Burma and Bangladesh. In its time, the Indian Civil Service was regarded as efficient, benevolent and incorruptible, but revisionist historians have recently questioned its competence and derided its altruism. In this absorbing, extensively researched new book, David Gilmour traces the lives of its officials, from recruitment to retirement, from jungle to Government House, from a bungalow in Burma to a residency in Rajputana. He describes their work and their leisure, their intellectual and their private lives. The result is a portrait more varied and complicated than that painted by their old admirers, and yet fairer and subtler than those routinely produced by their post-colonial detractors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712665650
(197mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In this sparkling, provocative history of the English in South Asia during Queen Victoria's reign, Gilmour shows that between 1837 and 1901, fewer than 100,000 Britons at any one time managed an empire of 300 million people spread over the vast area that now includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma.
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Author Biography - David Gilmour
David Gilmour's books include award-winning biographies of Rudyard Kipling, Lord Curzon and the Italian writer, Giuseppe di Lampedusa. He is also the author of Cities of Spain and of several works on the politics of Spain and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a former Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, he is a contributor to the New York Review of Books.
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