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In the mid-nineteenth century the British created a landscape of tea plantations in the northeastern Indian region of Assam. The tea industry filled imperial coffers and gave the colonial state a chance to transform a jungle-laden frontier into a cultivated system of plantations. Claiming that local peasants were indolent, the British soon began importing indentured labor from central India. In the twentieth century these migrants were joined by others who came voluntarily to seek their livelihoods. In Empire’s Garden, Jayeeta Sharma explains how the settlement of more than one million migrants in Assam irrevocably changed the region’s social landscape. She argues that the racialized construction of the tea laborer catalyzed a process by which Assam’s gentry sought to insert their homeland into an imagined Indo-Aryan community and a modern Indian political space.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Illustration Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Note on Orthography and Usage
  2. p. xv
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xvi-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: Making a Garden
  1. 1. Nature’s Jungle, Empire’s Garden
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. 2. Borderlands, Rice Eaters, and Tea Growers
  2. pp. 49-78
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  1. 3. Migrants in the Garden: Expanding the Frontier
  2. pp. 79-116
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  1. Part II: Improving Assam, Making India
  1. 4. Old Lords and ‘‘Improving’’ Regimes
  2. pp. 119-146
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  1. 5. Bringing Progress, Restoring Culture
  2. pp. 147-176
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  1. 6. Language and Literature: Framing Identity
  2. pp. 177-204
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  1. 7. Contesting Publics: Raced Communities and Gendered History
  2. pp. 205-233
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 234-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-272
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-324
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822394396
Related ISBN
9780822350323
MARC Record
OCLC
1082983646
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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