The ‘Eurasian Question’

Satoshi Mizutani

in The Meaning of White

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697700
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732102 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The ‘Eurasian Question’

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This chapter focuses on the British politics of whiteness over the Eurasian Question, initially discussing two pauperism commissions launched in Calcutta. An analysis of these two commissions is indispensable because they proved to be highly influential in shaping the British approach to the poverty of Eurasians and Domiciled Europeans for at least four decades after the 1890s. The Report of the Pauperism Committee (1892) and the Report of the Calcutta Domiciled Community Enquiry Committee, 1918-19 (1920) (both published in Calcutta) are the most vital historical sources used. In its latter half, Chapter III examines the British involvement with a range of special schemes that essentially sought to remove members of the domiciled community physically from Calcutta slums.

Keywords: Eurasian Question; pauperism commissions; degeneration; Calcutta; slums; discipline; training; migration

Chapter.  15960 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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