Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British India

  title={Materialism, Mutiny and Modernization in British India},
  author={Ira Klein},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={545 - 580}
  • I. Klein
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • History, Economics
  • Modern Asian Studies
British rule in India probably was in the reformist van of colonial regimes, but by Independence relatively few among the Indian populace had benefited notably from Western ‘modernization’. Although praised lavishly by a past generation of English historians for equipping India for ‘rapid progress’ under ‘the rule of law’, British policies hardly represented exemplary social engineering or ‘transformed’ the prosperity, health, well being, education or career opportunities of most Indians. Early… 
Introduction: Seeing Like a (Colonial) State
The year 1911 was a momentous one for the British Raj in India. A new viceroy with tremendous foreign policy experience, diplomatic tact, and powerful intellect was bringing his skills to bear in his
Building for Modernity in Post Uprising Colonial India: Sanderson’s Survey and other Tales of Modern Indian Architecture
The post uprising colonial modern state zealously ushered modernity in the Indian Subcontinent. In the domain of architecture it produced a building frenzy from implementation of urban improvement
The Colonial Path of Transition to Capitalism
Marx predicted that the bourgeois “creates a world after its own image” (Marx and Engels 1848: para 27). Yet when we look at the contemporary world we find an enormous divergence between a handful of
Economic Modernization in Late British India: Hindu-Muslim Differences
In South Asia, Muslims made the transition to modern economic life more slowly than Hindus. In the first half of the twentieth century, they were less likely to use large-scale and perpetual
British Empire: 7. India, to 1858
The entry describes the foundation of the British Empire in South Asia by the East India Company. It shows how, induced by the character of the state, there emerged a distinct set of institutions, an
„Divided in Freedom: How British-Colonial Paradigms of Nationhood Influenced Ethnic Landscapes in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka“ Verfasser
This thesis examines connections between British-colonial conceptualization of ethno-religious division and its role in defining modern-day ethnic fracture(s) in three post-colonial states. The paper
Anglo-American Primacy and the Global Spread of Democracy: An International Genealogy
For the past three centuries, Great Britain and the United States have stood in succession at the apex of the international hierarchy of power. They have been on the winning side of every systemic
Colonialism and the Environment in India: Railways and Deforestation in 19th Century Punjab
Much of the deforestation seen in the Himalayas today can be traced back to the second half of the 19th century when railway construction began in colonial India. In this paper I argue that the
The Dynamics and Distribution of Religious Landscape of South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal, India
Background: The manuscript is to present the dynamics and distribution of religious composition of population of South 24 Parganas District from 1981 till 2001. This is viewd as a traditional Hindu
Railways and Development in Colonial India
We have seen that the colonial state’s developmental interventions in the Indian economy took the form of infrastructural projects which largely facilitated resource extraction from India. This


101 Wages and Prices in India
  • Royal Commission on Labour in India
  • 1900
Canning to Wood
Oxford University; Lansdowne Papers, PRO; Grey Papers, PRO
Scottish Record Office; Lawrence Papers, IOL; Northbrook Papers, IOL; Lytton Papers, IOL; Ripon Papers, British Library; Dufferin Papers, IOL; Elgin Papers, IOL; Curzon Papers, IOL; Wood Papers
The Revenue, or What the Chancellor Should Do
The Servant of All, Pages from the Family, Social and Political Life of My Father (London, 1927), II, 182; Wood Papers, Wood to Wilson
Wood to Canning
  • XLIX