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Book Title: Women of the Raj|
The author of the book: Margaret MacMillan
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 953 KB
Edition: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Date of issue: April 18th 1988
ISBN 13: 9780500014202
Read full description of the books Women of the Raj:It's hard to sympathize with someone who has upwards of 5 servants.
Even harder to empathize with a woman who dismissed her Indian servant because he (shudder) held her arm as he saved her from a poisonous snake.
MacMillan doesn't try to hide the facts of racism and dubious "moral superiority" that accompanied life in the British empire. She gives quite an even-handed portrait of the British women who lived in India during the Raj, showing the difficulties of trying to understand a very different culture, especially when one doesn't speak the language. Britain is always referred to as "Home", and the author makes very real the loneliness and longing these women had to deal with, especially when the chilren were sent back for schooling and to escape the "ruinous" effects of the climate. She draws on a wide variety of primary sources, making the book very realistic.
This is a well-written overview that I'd recommend to anyone interested in the British empire, in the effects of colonialism on the colonizers, or in women's history. The only drawback is a lack of information on women who went against the pervading culture. The author doesn't ignore them, but it would have been interesting to see a bit more information about them.
Read information about the authorMargaret Olwen MacMillan OC D.Phil. (born 1943) is a historian and professor at Oxford University where she is Warden of St. Antony's College. She is former provost of Trinity College and professor of history at the University of Toronto. A well-respected expert on history and current affairs, MacMillan is a frequent commentator in the media.
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