Women of the Raj

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Thames and Hudson, 1996 - History - 256 pages
The role of the women of the Raj was to create a replica of British society in the face of almost insuperable difficulties. Exiled to strange land, surrounded by people whose language, customs and religion were mysterious and for the most part alien, how did these women react and live - how did they adjust, if at all, to life in bungalows with teams of servants, to repeated moves and heart-breaking separations from their families, to heat, illness, loneliness and boredom, to holidays in hill-stations and the unforgettable Indian landscapes? Looking at the whole of Britain's involvement in India over three and a half centuries, but particularly the period of empire from 1850s to 1947, Margaret MacMillan provides answers to these questions - from the women's own letters and memoirs, and from novels and interviews with survivors, including her own grandmother. Complemented by a wide ranging selection of contemporary illustrations, this text vividly brings to life the experiences of these women for contemporary readers.

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I'm not sure what would have garnered this book 5 stars from me. It was quite readable, the author attempted to write even-handedly about the "nose-in-the-air" superior British memsahibs and the "grab ... Read full review

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The title of this book says it all. In a nutshell MacMillan paints a portrait of British women during the 19th century in India under British rule. She covers all aspects of a woman's life during the ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

MARGARET MacMILLAN is the renowned author of Women of the Raj, Stephen Leacock (Extraordinary Canadians series), and the international bestsellers Nixon in China and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the 2003 Governor General's Award and the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of The Uses and Abuses of History. The past provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, she is now the warden of St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

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