Empress: Queen Victoria and India (Paperback)

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Empress: Queen Victoria and India (Paperback)

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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

"A widely and deeply researched, elegantly written, and vital portrayal of [Queen Victoria’s] place in colonial Indian affairs.”—Journal of Modern History

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.
Miles Taylor is professor of modern history at the University of York.
Product Details ISBN: 9780300254976
ISBN-10: 0300254970
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 408
Language: English
“Readers encounter a detail-attentive and independently minded monarch. That angle alone recommends the book to all Victorianists. Information, offered with verve and occasional humor, fills chapters of Empress with little-known details of Victoria’s active rule as Empress.”—Adrienne Munich, Victorian Studies

"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