This is a comprehensive history of Asians from the Indian subcontinent in Britain. Spanning four centuries, it tells the history of the Indian community in Britain from the servants, ayahs and sailors of the seventeenth century, to the students, princes, soldiers, professionals and entrepreneurs of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Rozina Visram examines the nature and pattern of Asian migration; official attitudes to Asian settlement; the reactions and perceptions of the British people; the responses of the Asians themselves and their social, cultural and political lives in Britain.
This imaginative and detailed investigation asks what it would have been like for Asians to live in Britain, in the heart of an imperial metropolis, and documents the anti-colonial struggle by Asians and their allies in the UK. It is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins of the many different communities that make up contemporary Britain.
Rozina Visram is an independent scholar working on history and education. She is the author of Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History (Pluto, 2002).
Preface Acknowledgements 1. A Long Presence 2. Early Arrivals: 1600-1830s 3. A Community in the Making: 1830s-1914 4. Through Indian Eyes: Travellers' Perceptions of Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries 5. Parliamentarians, Revolutionaries and Suffragettes 6. Indians in the First World War 7. Citizens or Aliens? Racism, Repatriation and Passport Control 8. Lascar Activism in Britain 1920-1945 9. Asians in Britain 1919-1947 10. Radical Voices 11. Contributions in the Second World War 12. Conclusions Notes Select Bibliography Index