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Queen Victoria and India

Miles Taylor



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Yale University
06 April 2021
An entirely original account of Victoria's relationship with the Raj, which shows how India was central to the Victorian monarchy from as early as 1837 In this engaging and controversial book, Miles Taylor shows how both Victoria and Albert were spellbound by India, and argues that the Queen was humanely, intelligently, and passionately involved with the country throughout her reign and not just in the last decades. Taylor also reveals the way in which Victoria's influence as empress contributed significantly to India's modernization, both political and economic. This is, in a number of respects, a fresh account of imperial rule in India, suggesting that it was one of Victoria's successes.
By:   Miles Taylor
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   385g
ISBN:   9780300254976
ISBN 10:   0300254970
Pages:   408
Publication Date:   06 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Miles Taylor is professor of modern history at the University of York.

Reviews for Empress: Queen Victoria and India

In Empress Taylor recovers the forgotten significance of Victoria to the history of British India. He shows how the Queen's enthusiasm for India and its princes facilitated the crown's emergence as an appealing symbol and potential resource in the search for civil and political rights. This is a nuanced portrait of an empire rich in contradiction. --Catherine Hall, author of Civilising Subjects An engrossing and authoritative account of the vital place of India within the monarchy of Queen Victoria. Beautifully written and subtly crafted, this book provides a critical history of the cultural, political, and diplomatic significance of Queen Victoria's role as Empress of India - and its rich and varied impact in metropole and colony. An important work for those interested in more nuanced readings of Empire and their legacies today. --Tristram Hunt, Director of Victoria and Albert Museum This is a highly intelligent, wonderfully lucid and well researched book that rests on an impressive array of Indian as well as European sources. It makes a powerful case for re-assessing Queen Victoria's own role and political and religious ideas in regard to the subcontinent, and for the need to look again at how she - and monarchy in general - were perceived, re-imagined, and utilized by different varieties of her Indian subjects before the First World War. --Linda Colley, author of Britons

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