South Asians and the shaping of Britain, 1870−1950A sourcebook
Edited by Ruvani Ranasinha
Subject Area: History
BIC Categories: Social & cultural history, Black & Asian studies
Published: January 2013
216 x 138 mm
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Also available in: Hardback
This invaluable sourcebook 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 devoted to the 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. It identifies four key areas of South Asian impact – minority rights, war, culture and reception, and representation. Highlighting the current relevance of South Asian engagement, it projects contemporary national concerns back into the past and offers alternative ways of conceiving of the making of modern Britain.
Preface (Elleke Boehmer and Susheila Nasta)
Chronology of events
Introduction (Ruvani Ranasinha)
1. Equality of citizenship (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)
'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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