The Germans in India

Elite European migrants in the British Empire

By Panikos Panayi

The Germans in India


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1933-9
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2017
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, Germany, India, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Based on years of research in libraries and archives in England, Germany, India and Switzerland, this book offers a new interpretation of global migration from the early nineteenth until the early twentieth century. Rather than focusing upon the mass transatlantic migration or the movement of Britons towards British colonies, it examines the elite German migrants who progressed to India, especially missionaries, scholars and scientists, businessmen and travellers. The story told here questions, for the first time, the concept of Europeans in India. Previous scholarship has ignored any national variations in the presence of white people in India, viewing them either as part of a ruling elite or, more recently, white subalterns. The German elites undermine these conceptions. They developed into distinct groups before 1914, especially in the missionary compound, but faced marginalisation and expulsion during the First World War.


Panikos Panayi is Professor of European History at De Montfort University


1 The Germans in India as elite European migrants
2 Passages to India
3 Everyday life
4 Community
5 Interethnic perceptions and interactions
6 The impact of the Great War
7 Endings, new beginnings and meanings

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