South Asians and the shaping of Britain, 1870−1950

A sourcebook

Edited by Ruvani Ranasinha

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ISBN: 978-0-7190-8513-0
Subject Area: History
BIC Categories: Social & cultural history, Black & Asian studies
Published: January 2013
216 x 138 mm
256 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Also available in: Paperback
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  • This sourcebook offers alternative ways of conceiving of the making of modern Britain. It intervenes in contemporary debates about Britain’s heritage by illuminating the remarkable, yet still overlooked, impact that South Asians had on shaping the nature of British culture, politics and national identity during the period 1870−1950. The first anthology of primary material interdisciplinary study of the history of the South Asian presence in Britain over the period, it selects a wide range of official and non-official archival sources. and identifies four key areas of South Asian impact – minority rights, war, culture and reception, and representation. The current relevance of South Asian engagement is underscored, projecting contemporary national concerns back into the past.
    Preface (Elleke Boehmer and Susheila Nasta)
    Chronology of events
    Introduction (Ruvani Ranasinha)
    1. Equality of ctizenship (Rehana Ahmed)
    2. Britain’s forgotten volunteers: South Asian contributions to the Two World Wars (Florian Stadtler)
    3. Textual culture and reception (Ruvani Ranasinha)
    4. Representations and display (Sumita Mukherjee)
    Afterword (Rozina Visram)
    Select bibliography
    Ruvani Ranasinha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, King’s College London ...
    'In a time when questions of Britishness and belonging have arguably never been so contested, in an environment when both sides seem happy to make their arguments unburdened by evidence South Asians and the Shaping of Britain is essential reading.'
    Sarfraz Manzoor, the Telegraph, 21 May 2013
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