Empire Families Britons and Late Imperial India

Buettner, Elizabeth
Date published: 
October 2005

Empire Families focuses on childhood among middle-class Britons in India between the late nineteenth century and decolonization, and the impact that this had on the raj. Even though many Britons never perceived themselves to be permanent residents, imperial identities were forged and continued through generations of families in India, whilst in Britain, despite repeated travels to and from India, they experienced alienation. In this first study of family life in colonial India, Buettner highlights the social significance both of growing up in the raj and of the itinerant colonial lifestyle.