Nabobs: Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Hardback)
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Nabobs: Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Hardback)

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Hardback 282 Pages / Published: 12/08/2010
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In this book, Tillman Nechtman explores the relationship between Britain and its empire in the late eighteenth century through the controversy that surrounded employees of the East India Company. Labelled as 'nabobs' by their critics, Company employees returned from India, bringing the subcontinent's culture with them - souvenirs like clothing, foods, jewels, artwork, and animals. To the nabobs, imperial keepsakes were a way of narrating their imperial biographies, lives that braided Britain and India together. However, their domestic critics preferred to see Britain as distinct from empire and so saw the nabobs as a dangerous community of people who sought to reverse the currents of imperialism and to bring the empire home. Drawing on cultural, material, and visual history, this book captures a far wider picture of the fascinating controversy and sheds considerable new light on the tensions and contradictions inherent in British national identity in the late eighteenth century.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521763530
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'Well researched and lucidly written, the book is a pleasure to read, and is perhaps particularly useful for readers who are newcomers to the primary and secondary literature of Britons' ideas about India and who seek a solid introduction to some of the cultural influences of the empire within Britain. It is also a handy synthesis of recent work on travel, race, and empire with a special focus on East India.' English Historical Review
Review of the hardback: '... thorough and sparkling study of imperial discontents ...' Kathleen Wilson, Journal of British Studies
"...a lucid, thoughtful, and often provocative study of the politically charged and socially contested situation of the nabob in eighteenth-century Britain." -Douglas M. Peers, H-Albion
"Written in a clear and engaging manner, this book will be accessible and informative for lay readers." -Michael H. Fisher, Journal of World History
"thorough and sparkling study of imperial discontents." -Journal of British Studies, Kathleen Wilson

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