Vestry politics and the emergence of a reform ‘public’ in Calcutta, 1813-36

Hardwick, Joseph (2010) Vestry politics and the emergence of a reform ‘public’ in Calcutta, 1813-36. Historical Research, 84 (223). pp. 87-108. ISSN 0950-3471

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2281.2010.00542.x

Abstract

This article deals with a moment in the eighteen-twenties when, it has been argued, British expatriates and middle-class Indians in Calcutta came together to form a multi-ethnic reform public. It is often assumed that this public emerged as a result of the introduction of press censorship in 1823. This article, by contrast, argues that the origins of the reform movement should be traced to the unlikely surroundings of the vestry of one of Calcutta's Anglican churches. The article gives us a new perspective on India's ‘age of reform’, and shows how municipal reform, often considered to be a metropolitan phenomenon, not only surfaced in the colonial world but also prepared the ground for later campaigns for free trade, judicial reform and a representative legislature.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V100 History by period
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 19:40
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:11
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4672

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics


Policies: NRL Policies | NRL University Deposit Policy | NRL Deposit Licence