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The process of international colonization and its effects--even centuries later--on the countries and peoples governed is one that is still debated in academic and public circles. And the British colonial model is the one most frequently used as a basis for these analyses.
Researchers in Asian and Indian studies, British colonial history, political science, and diplomatic history will find in this collection a wealth of resource materials to support studies of British business and military activities in India and Burma from 1600 through 1900. Selected from the India Office Records Library, the documents highlight the early trade of the famous East India Company, the role of the company in British empire-building, the Indian mutiny of 1858, and the subsequent period of crown sovereignty over Indian territory.
India Office Records also contains historical information about the men who shaped the British Empire in Asia, including:
The collection features detailed and revealing documents that record the economic and political processes of ruling an empire halfway around the world. Included are diaries kept during the Indian mutiny, records of sales and delivery of goods in London, registers of exports, the correspondence of the British Administration in the Punjab, and rich accounts of British military campaigns and trading expeditions.
Libraries will find their students and researchers using this collection of materials extensively as it not only illuminates the British Empire in Asia, but also provides insight into Indian culture and history during this period.
If the library was for users, then, as Ranganathan had said, books were for use.
Professor Jessica Marglin is passionate about the testimonies of Sephardic Jews in the Visual History Archive, and that passion has rubbed off onto her students as well.