Poor Relations: The Making of a Eurasian Community in British India, 1773-1833

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 217 pages
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As early as the 1830s Eurasians (later called Anglo-Indians) of British birth already exceeded the number of British civilians in colonial India. At the time of India's independence they outnumbered all British residents. Yet there has been little historical attention to the development of this mixed-race community, the problems which it faced (social, economic and attitudinal) nor to the questions which its rise posed to British authority. Sometimes these were hypothetical. Could, for instance a large mixed-race population of British descent cause political danger to British interests in India as had the colonists of America? Other questions raised by a fast growing mixed-race population which identified closely with its British fathers were practical. How to educate and to employ them? Were they to be treated as British or Indians?
The sixty years between 1773 and 1833 determined British paramountcy in India. Those years were formative too for British Eurasians. By the 1820s Eurasians were an identifiable and vocal community of significant numbers particularly in the main Presidency towns. They were valuable to the administration of government although barred in the main from higher office. The ambition of their educated elite was to be accepted as British subjects, not to be treated as native Indians, an aspiration which was finally rejected in the 1830s.
  

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Contents

Charity and Children in Care
21
A Limited Opportunity
36
Eurasians in the Official Eye
55
Towards a Reluctant Community
73
Eurasians Up Country and in the Indian States
93
The Eurasian Struggle for SelfAdvancement
112
The East Indians Petition of 1830
133
Aftermath
150
Notes
171
Bibliography
199
Index
213
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