South Asians and the shaping of Britain, 1870–1950

A sourcebook

Edited by Ruvani Ranasinha

With Rehana Ahmed, Sumita Mukherjee and Florian Stadtler

South Asians and the shaping of Britain, 1870–1950


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8514-7
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: January 2013
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Black & Asian studies, Humanities / Social & cultural history, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Social & cultural history, European history, Ethnic studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global), HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain


This invaluable sourcebook intervenes in contemporary debates about Britain's heritage by illuminating the remarkable, yet still overlooked, impact that South Asians had on shaping the nature of British culture, politics and national identity during the period 1870-1950.

The first anthology of primary material interdisciplinary devoted to the study of the history of the South Asian presence in Britain over the period, it selects a wide range of official and non-official archival sources. It identifies four key areas of South Asian impact - minority rights, war, culture and reception, and representation. Highlighting the current relevance of South Asian engagement, it projects contemporary national concerns back into the past and offers alternative ways of conceiving of the making of modern Britain.


So this is an important book; the many excerpts at the end of each chapter are very helpful and should set an example for future historical essays.


Preface (Elleke Boehmer and Susheila Nasta)
Chronology of events
Introduction (Ruvani Ranasinha)
1. Equality of citizenship (Rehana Ahmed)
2. Britain's forgotten volunteers: South Asian contributions to the Two World Wars (Florian Stadtler)
3. Textual culture and reception (Ruvani Ranasinha)
4. Representations and display (Sumita Mukherjee)
Afterword (Rozina Visram)
Select bibliography

South Asians and the shaping of Britain, 1870–1950

Edited by Ruvani Ranasinha

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