Empire's garden : Assam and the making of India
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- Open Access Books, British -- India -- Assam -- History -- 19th century, Tea trade -- India -- Assam -- History, HISTORY -- Asia -- India & South Asia, British, Tea trade, Kulturelle Identität, Einwanderung, Ahom, Sozialer Wandel, Teeanbau, Teehandel, Kolonialismus, Migration, Tee, Pflanzenbau, Regions & Countries - Asia & the Middle East, History & Archaeology, South Asia, Assam (India) -- History, India -- Assam, Assam
- Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press
Book Series: Radical Perspectives
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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.
1 online resource (xiii, 324 pages) :
A history of the colonial tea plantation regime in Assam, which brought more than one million migrants to the region in northeast India, irrevocably changing the social landscape
Includes bibliographical references and index
Nature's jungle, empire's garden -- Borderlands, rice eaters, and tea growers -- Migrants in the garden : expanding the frontier -- Old lords and "improving" regimes -- Bringing progress, restoring culture -- Language and literature : framing identity -- Contesting publics : raced communities and gendered history
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