Saturday, December 02, 2023

Pg. 99: Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson's "Working-Class Raj"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Working-Class Raj: Colonialism and the Making of Class in British India by Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson.

About the book, from the publisher:
Focusing on the military men, railway workers, and wives and children of the British working-class who went to India after the Rebellion of 1857, Working-Class Raj explores the experiences of these working-class men and women in their own words. Drawing on a diverse collection of previously unused letters and diaries, it allows us to hear directly from these people for the first time. Working-class Brits in India enjoyed enormous privilege, reliant on native Indian labour and living, as one put it, “like gentlemen.” But within the hierarchies of the Army and the railyard they remained working class, a potentially disruptive population that needed to be contained. Working in India and other parts of the empire, emigrating to settler colonies, often returning to Britain, all the while attempting to maintain family ties across imperial distances-the British working class in the nineteenth century was a globalised population. This book reveals how working-class men and women were not atomised individuals, but part of communities that spanned the empire and were fundamentally shaped by it.
Learn more about Working-Class Raj at the Cambridge University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Working-Class Raj.

--Marshal Zeringue