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Author Wald, Erica, author
Title Vice in the barracks : medicine, the military and the making of Colonial India, 1780-1868 / Erica Wald
Imprint [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Descript 1 online resource
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computer c rdamedia
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Series Cambridge Imperial and post-Colonial studies series
Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Note 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
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
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Subject East India Company. Army -- History -- 19th century
East India Company. Army
East India Company. Army. fast (OCoLC)fst00643275
1800 - 1899 fast
Europeans -- India
Europeans. fast (OCoLC)fst00916820
Vices. fast (OCoLC)fst01166263
India. fast (OCoLC)fst01210276
Electronic books. local
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
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