Poor Relations: The Making of a Eurasian Community in British India, 1773-1833
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Charity and Children in Care
A Limited Opportunity
Eurasians in the Official Eye
Towards a Reluctant Community
Eurasians Up Country and in the Indian States
The Eurasian Struggle for SelfAdvancement
Other editions - View all
accepted amongst Anglo-Indian appointed Baptist behaviour Bengal Hurkaru Biographical Appendix Bombay boys Britain British community British India British policy British society British subjects Britons Calcutta Gazette career Charles Charles Fenwick Christian Church civil servants colonial Company's Army covenanted civil covenanted service Derozio early nineteenth century East Indians educated Eurasians eighteenth century Eurasian children Eurasian community Eurasian employment Eurasian population Eurasian sons Eurasian women Eurasians lived European excluded fathers Fort St Free School funds George girls Government Governor-General Hastings Headmaster Hyderabad ibid illegitimate Indian women James Skinner John Ricketts later Letter London Lord Lord William Bentinck Madras Maratha marriage married ment Metcalfe military officers Military Orphanage missionaries Natives of India numbers Orphan orphanage Oudh Parental Academy Parliament Petition political poor Portuguese Presidency towns problem race racial rank Regent's Park College Resident Select Committee Serampore social society in India soldiers uncovenanted USPG whilst William Bentinck wives