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Vice in the Barracks: Medicine, the Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868 (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies)

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Sex and alcohol preoccupied European officers across India throughout the nineteenth century, with high rates of venereal disease and alcohol-related problems holding serious implications for the economic and military performance of the East India Company. These concerns revolved around the European soldiery in India - the costly, but often unruly, 'thin white line' of colonial rule. This book examines the colonial state's approach to these vice-driven health risks. In doing so it throws new light on the emergence of social and imperial mindsets and on the empire, fuelled by fear of the lower orders, sexual deviation, disease and mutiny. An exploration of these mindsets reveals a lesser-explored fact of rule - the fractured nature of the Company state. Further, it shows how the measures employed by the state to deal with these vice-driven health problems had wide-ranging consequences not simply for the army itself but for India and the empire more broadly. By refocusing our attention on to the military core of the colonial state, Wald demonstrates the ways in which army decision-making stretched beyond the cantonment boundary to help define the state's engagement with and understanding of Indian society.

About the Author

Erica Wald is a Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The East India Company, The Army and Indian Society

2. Experiments in Venereal Disease Control, 1797-1831

3. Medicine and Disease in an 'Age of Reform'

4. The Body of the Soldier and Space of the Cantonment

5. 'Unofficial' Responses to Lock Hospital Closure, 1835-1868

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137270986
Author:
Wald, Erica
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
India
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Subject:
World History - India
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 figures, 19 b/w tables
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

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