The Incumberances: British Women in India, 1615-1856

Hardcover | November 24, 2013

byJoan Mickelson Gaughan

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This volume provides critical insights on the role(s) of British women during the seventeenth to mid-nineteenth century period in India. Drawing on Company records, journals, and diaries, it fills a significant gap in the existing research and brings together the challenges and experiences ofthese women in view of their earliest entry in the country in the seventeenth century. Divided into three sections, this book explores various issues ranging from the Company's decision to allow women to travel to India, their changing expectations from these women as opposed to the changingactivities of the Company itself, the women's desire to come to India in the face of difficult conditions, and their varied experiences in the country.

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This volume provides critical insights on the role(s) of British women during the seventeenth to mid-nineteenth century period in India. Drawing on Company records, journals, and diaries, it fills a significant gap in the existing research and brings together the challenges and experiences ofthese women in view of their earliest entry ...

Joan Mickelson Gaughan, an independent scholar based in Manchester, USA. She was earlier a Professor of History at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1968-2002).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.75 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092148

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PrefacePart I: The Factory: 1615-17571. An 'Extreamlie Unkind' Decision2. The 'Incumberances'3. 'A College, Monasterie...a House under Religious Orders'4. A Saint and a 'Mistris' at Madras5. Debauched' Ladies of Bombay6. Feathering Their Nests7. When East Meets WestPart II: The Age of the Nabobs: 1757-18058. Fishing Fleets9. A City of Palaces10. Passages to India11. The Merchant Princes in RetreatPart III: The Age of Improvement: 1805-185612. 'In Search of the Picturesque'13. Burdens of Empire14. God's Englishmen: The Evangelicals15. Of Clay and Porcelain16. 'For the Quiet of his Mind and the Good of His Soul'AfterwordBibliographyIndexAbout the Author