Partner in Empire: Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy and the Public Culture of Nineteenth Century Bombay

Hardcover | October 28, 2015

byJesse S. Palsetia

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This book details the life and public career of one of India's legendary individuals - Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, the first Indian knight and baronet. Born of humble origins, he went from collecting and selling empty bottles to building a business empire through the nineteenth-century China Trade. Hailed as one of India's greatest philanthropists of the colonial era, Jejeebhoy utilized his wealth for copious charity for the people of Bombay and western India. But he was also an ambitious and canny actor within the colonial framework, whose ambitions went beyond altruistic desires to benefitsociety. Jejeebhoy belonged to the collaborationist class that emerged under early colonialism. This class - which also included prominent figures like Dwarkanath Tagore, the merchant prince from Bengal - served as an important medium between the imperial and Indian cultures. However, the limits ofcollaboration for Indians were evident-Jejeebhoy faced many bureaucratic and cultural obstacles in his encounters with the imperial order. His efforts to promote himself and indigenous capabilities bear testimony to Indian ingenuity under the colonial regime.

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This book details the life and public career of one of India's legendary individuals - Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, the first Indian knight and baronet. Born of humble origins, he went from collecting and selling empty bottles to building a business empire through the nineteenth-century China Trade. Hailed as one of India's greatest philanthro...

Jesse S. Palsetia teaches in the Department of History, University of Guelph, Canada. He is a historian of India and a specialist in the history of the Parsis of India. His work examines the interaction between Indians and imperial ideologies, and Indian responses to the pressures of colonialism. He has previously published works on t...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199459215

ISBN - 13:9780199459216

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Merchant-Prince of Bombay2. The Civic Partner: Collaborative Colonialism Emerges3. The Parsi Leader4. The Standard-Bearer of Charity: Philanthropy as Collaborative Institution5. Knighthood, Baronetcy, Statue, and the Crown: Symbolic Partnership6. The Jejeebhoys and the Legacy of PartnershipBibliographyIndexAbout the Author