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British Voices from South Asia

T. Harry Williams Oral History Center, Louisiana State University
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This site is dedicated to exploring the larger impact of the colonial period through examining life in the Indian Empire, a central focus of British colonialism. This examination is based on interviews with 50 British people who lived and worked in India before Independence in 1947—civil servants, military men and their wives and children, and others. The site divides the history of British colonialism in India into six sections, beginning with “The Passage to India,” focusing on British migration to India in the early 19th century, and ending with “No More India to Go” and the end of colonial rule. Additional sections emphasize British colonists’ daily life and Indo-British relations. Each section combines a short introduction with images and transcriptions of oral interviews to present a view of the social and cultural aspects of India’s colonial subculture as it evolved through the centuries. There are about 15 images for each section, ranging from paintings of Indians to photographs of daily British life and household objects. The interview transcripts are located in each section, making the bulk of the site’s material easily accessible.

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