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A Pernicious Race?

Peter Robb

in Sentiment and Self

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075127
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075127.003.0002
A Pernicious Race?

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This chapter examines British attitudes to Calcutta and its Indian inhabitants through Richard Blechynden's diaries. Geographically, Calcutta was divided into two entities: the inland, where the Indians lived, and the riverside, where the Europeans put on a face of orderliness and regulation for the seaborne outsiders. It shows how Blechynden's loathing of Indian labourers grew out of economic rather than racial reasons. It led him to portray himself morally superior to his Indian counterparts through charity. On the whole, Blechynden remained ambivalent to local customs and rituals.

Keywords: British attitudes; Calcutta; racialism; Blechynden's diaries; Richard Blechynden

Chapter.  7621 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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