!!> KINDLE ➜ The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj ❤ Author David Gilmour – Lalaweek.us

The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian RajA Sparkling, Provocative History Of The English In South Asia During Queen Victoria S ReignBetween 1837 And 1901, Less Than 100,000 Britons At Any One Time Managed An Empire Of 300 Million People Spread Over The Vast Area That Now Includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, And Burma How Was This Possible, And What Were These People Like The British Administration In India Took Pride In Its Efficiency And Broad Mindedness, Its Devotion To Duty And Its Sense Of Imperial Grandeur, But It Has Become Fashionable To Deprecate It For Its Arrogance And Ignorance In This Balanced, Witty, And Multi Faceted History, David Gilmour Goes Far To Explain The Paradoxes Of The Anglo Indians, Showing Us What They Hoped To Achieve And What Sort Of Society They Thought They Were Helping To Build The Ruling Caste Principally Concerns The Officers Of The Legendary India Civil Service Each Of Whom To Perform As Magistrate, Settlement Officer, Sanitation Inspector, Public Health Officer, And For The Million Or So People In His Charge Gilmour Extends His Study To Every Level Of The Administration And To The Officers Women And Children, So Often Ignored In Previous Works The Ruling Caste Is The Best Book Yet On The Real Trials And Triumphs Of An Imperial Ruling Class On The Dangerous Temptations That An Empire S Power Encourages On Relations Between Governor And Governed, Between European And Asian No One Interested In Politics And Social History Can Afford To Miss This Book.

!!> KINDLE ➜ The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj ❤ Author David  Gilmour – Lalaweek.us
  • Hardcover
  • The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj
  • David Gilmour
  • English
  • 03 June 2017
  • 9780374283544

    10 thoughts on “!!> KINDLE ➜ The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj ❤ Author David Gilmour – Lalaweek.us


  1. says:

    There still seems to be an enduring fascination with Britain s colonial history, a certain glamour and exoticism that survives despite the criticism and disapproval of the reasons for being there in the first place This book fully exposes how little glamour and exoticism there actually was in the service of the Raj, how hard and gruelling the life of an Indian Civil Service officer known as Civilians to distinguish them from the Army could be, how lonely and isolating Some men thrived, others sickened or went mad some rose to the challenge, others were disorganised, inefficient and incompetent Some were never promoted to the level they believed they deserved others went all the way up to Viceroy.David Gilmour s book follows the life of an ICS Civilian from recruitment to pension, charting the rise and fall of trends and empire building, ranging from holidays at hill stations like Sinda and Ooty, to the frontiers of the North West Provinces, Burma and Aghanistan It looks at the kind of men attracted to the ICS, how they were chosen, what their postings involved, the different roles and stations, their leisure time and personal lives I could have done with of a focus on the lives of their families, particularly the women it must have been an incredibly lonely life for a new wife or mothe...


  2. says:

    This book was a long slog for me, but the subject was significant for I did learn all about what the Indian Civil Service actually did, the organization the British men in India during the Raj worked in More than I needed to know, but now I can go on with my reading with understa...


  3. says:

    Interesting subject but not always very clear.


  4. says:

    Cartoonish images of civil servants pervade the literature of British imperialism almost to the same degree as that cheerfully pompous figure of British military blundering, Colonel Blimp David Gilmour, a writer who often finds himself earnestly battling the caricatures of Imperial history, turns his attention in The Ruling Caste towards the restitution of the reputation of the Indian Civil Service ICS Grounded heavily on the experience of Sir Alfred Lyall as an exemplar of the life of an ICS man, this nicely compact volume briefly examines almost every possible angle on the life of a Civil Service Officer from their first recruitment and training to their eventual retirement and the activities of their twilight years While Glimour focuses on the Victorian period of British Rule, his prose picks up the salient points from the earlier periods of Hastings and Clive all the way up to Independence Along the way, he makes an effort to correct popular impressions with the objective of demonstrating that the ICS represented the British Empire at its best and at its most altruistic Structured thematically and ordered loosely across the experience of a hypothetical lifetime, Gilmour renders the individual civilian s experience in categorical chapters District Officers, Campers, Magistrates and Judges, Black Sheep, Player...


  5. says:

    meh was alright, but kinda dry i thought Ended up skipping through most of it, although definitely had some interesting stuff, and was well enough written, i just don t think i had enough interest invested to read it all the way through.


  6. says:

    Great book well written, organized, and engaging The writer has a great sense of humor.However, I would highly recommend anyone looking to read this book have a least a couple books on the history of the British Raj under their belt, otherwise you ll be pretty lost.


  7. says:

    Informative and detailed on how the I.C.S worked although i would have liked to have detail on the day to day life of Expats and how they coped Incorruptible and the fact that most of them actually liked India and the people, made for interesting lives.


  8. says:

    A good representative of what it is After a slow start I quite enjoyed descriptions of life, work and play in the Indian Civil Service.

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