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Imperial citizenship or else: liberal ideals and the Indian unmaking of empire, 1890-1919

Frost, Mark R (2018) 'Imperial citizenship or else: liberal ideals and the Indian unmaking of empire, 1890-1919.' Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 46 (5). pp. 845-873. ISSN 0308-6534

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This article examines three connected campaigns for Indian imperial citizenship which spanned the period 1890 to 1919, and their impact on the emergence of radical South Asian anticolonialism. It shifts our focus from individuals and ideologues who sought the status of British imperial citizens, to address the agitations which commenced to attain such a status within a reconstructed British Empire. Specific attention is paid to the conditions which encouraged South Asian patriots to imagine that the ideal of equal imperial citizenship within an imperial federation was a feasible political objective, to the illiberal official retreat from such an ideal, and to the political ramifications of this retreat. In conclusion, this article argues that the quest for Indian imperial citizenship, which spanned the Empire from South Africa to Canada, has been a much-neglected chapter in the evolution of anti-colonial nationalism in South Asia which deserves to be reinserted in the grand meta-narrative of the region’s 20th century history.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship; federation; nationalism; loyalty; radicalism; Gandhi
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D890 Eastern Hemisphere
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Faculty of Humanities
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:53

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