THE EMPIRE WRITES BACK
Part 1: Indian views on Britain and Empire, 1810-1915, from the British Library, London
The first part of this project makes available a collection of rare volumes, mainly printed in India, describing the experiences of Indians who travelled to Britain, France and America between 1810 and 1915. There is much on:
- The Indian experience of Empire - good and bad;
- Perceptions of poverty in London;
- Comments on the way in which varying ethnic groups are treated;
- Wonder at the lights of London;
- Life at the universities;
- Medical training;
- Detalied descriptions of manufacturing industries and ship-building;
- Reactions to the immorality of the British Stage;
- Surprise at the role of women in Britain;
- Comparisons between London and Paris.
This is a wonderful source for students who can usefully compare these volumes with those of Britons travelling to India in Colonial Discourses.