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Robb, Peter (2011) Sentiment and Self. Richard Blechynden's Calcutta Diaries, 1791-1822. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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This study, based on the vast diaries of a Calcutta surveyor, architect and builder, is mainly concerned with the development of ideas of race and of British identity through moral feelings about servants and children. Much detail is provided about law; conditions of work; master-servant relations; the education, professional advancement and marriages of the diarist's mixed-race sons; and the education and suitable European marriages of his daughters. Many of the stories and the ideals of propriety and identity have as their backdrop the gross imperfections and venality of contemporary systems of administration and justice.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: servants, children, Calcutta, race, identity, colonial law
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
ISBN: 9780198075127
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 09:53

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